Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sex strikes, women's right & the single geek girl

You may have noticed recently that I've been pretty verbal about what's been happening in Texas in regard to women's health*. 

I was part of the 180k people watching the Texas Tribune livestream. I watched Wendy Davis show her super hero status. I watched "the people" make their voice heard. I saw the Texas GOP try to lie and say SB5 pass. I beamed the next morning when I saw that, while the GOP tried to cheat, they failed and SB5 was deemed not passed.

I then saw Rick Perry turn around and announce another special session starting July 1st and put the damn abortion bill back into action because he's damn sure that he knows more about the will of the women of Texas than they do. Perry & the Texas GOP are pushing legislation that 80% of Texas disagree with, but they're patting people on the head and saying "hush up now, we're doing what's best for you."

Hulk smash, right?

So the question is, what now? If we're going to see this sort of thing happening in Texas again, and Texas isn't the only place, then how can I help those women? I want to help. But I feel like this is one of those things where online avatars just won't be enough.

A friend sent me a link to a new FB page called "Don't Fuck With Texas" because he thought I'd want to support it, given my take on this.

Which got me thinking on this entire topic on what I could do. What little ole me could do or support or create or lend my voice to, to make a difference.

A sex strike doesn't sound like a good idea. If for no other reason than, in addition to disliking the practice of sex as a weapon or withholding as punishment, women enjoy sex too! Why do we need to give up what we enjoy to prove that our bodies belong to us?

So then I thought, "Well, what about pink shoes? We could all wear pink shoes like Wendy.". Except pink shoes are subtle and, while it's a nice gesture, the men who are pushing this radical agenda ignore much more "in your face" tactics than pink shoes.

Then I thought, "A sick out. Cops get Blue Flu. What if all the women of Texas just took a sick day? Show how integral they are to the every day life if the Texan economy?", but on the heels of that was a worry that women might feel their jobs were at risk and maybe some of them might get fired.

At this point, the best I have is a sit in in which people literally surround the Texas State House so that legislators can't get in to do anything, much less, pass an abortion bill. 

But here's what I feel. If we do anything, whatever we do -- we need to help the women of Texas speak out. They are the voice that needs to roar loudest. They're the ones we need to empower. 

So it needs to be something they want to participate in. Not something we do to them, but something they do for themselves.

Cause I'm pretty sure they're sick and tired of people telling them what to do.

/end ponderant

*If you're not aware I was mouthy recently, yep I was! Shocker, I know. If you don't know what I mean about Texas, Google so you can be up to speed on this conversation!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ponderation: Indie film There She Is, pageantry and plus size ladies in general.

I was contacted recently by the filmmakers of There She Is, and asked if I'd take a look at the project and share my thoughts if I had thoughts and, guess what, I have thoughts. (I know, I know, shocker)

To give you a little background, There She Is follows two plus size pageant queens, Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores, as they prepare for an upcoming pageant.

I'm not sure what exactly Veena Rao and Emily Sheskin were going for when they made this movie. When they described the film to me, they explained it this way:

The two women discuss their lives as plus size women, including how they feel when others' perceptions of their appearance clash with their own. The film challenges the viewer to examine her/his own definition of beauty and the ways in which it affects our everyday lives.

For me, as a plus sized woman, it was both endearing and uncomfortable to watch. I was very proud of these ladies and I'm glad pageants like this exist. Maybe it's the little girl in me, but I've always liked beauty pageants. Well, let me clarify, I like what they represent. As a little girl, I sat with my mom and we looked for confidence, poise, talent and that unexplainable something that made us root for a contestant.

But I also saw that undercurrent of what plus sized women, hell, all women go through. That discomfort about what it means to just take up space on the planet.

They wanted people to think. They got that response out of me. I'd say take the 20 minutes out of your life to watch it and see what you think. Share as desired.

You can view the movie and other info at the following link.

Oh and, for the record, I'm not saying men don't go through this stuff. However, I'm not a man, so I can't speak to your experience. ;-)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

If you're a Star Trek fan, you're gonna want to see what's up at QMx

Some kick ass adorbz out of QMx that I had to share ;-)

First, the Star Trek Starfleet Academy Ring (2009) is in stock and you can pick it up for $19.95.

This is the kick ass part.

And, the adorbz?

They just announced a Star Trek TOS Brown Tribble Plush for just $9.95.

There's a waiting list and, if you want one, I'd say get on it so you get first dibs.

I wanna make a Tribble pile. ::grin:: Cute, yeah?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hobbitception: fangirls watch The Hobbit actors watching their YouTube video. So awesome.

Before you watch this video, a little back story...

These two gals have a You Tube channel and a show called Happy Hobbits and, for fun, they posted their reaction to their viewing of the new trailer for The Hobbit.

That video was seen by Peter Jackson who turned around and recorded Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace watching the video of the gals watching the trailer.

Got that?


So this video is the Happy Hobbit reaction to the actors reaction to their reaction.

And it's the most adorable fangirl squeeing ever.

Enjoy ;-)

(via EW)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The new Elysium trailer looks frackin' interesting

Ooooh. I'm excited. Looks GORGEOUS.

Here's a few links on details. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, and William Fichtner, ELYSIUM will be in theaters August 09, 2013.

Twitter: #Elysium

Friday, June 7, 2013

This Game Of Thrones/Princess Bride mashup explains EXACTLY my feelings on S3, ep.9

Warning: DO NOT WATCH THIS is you haven't seen Season 3, ep. 9 of Game of Thrones. Because it spoils everything.

That said, I think I can totally agree with the kid on this one.

(via Blastr)

I still think Maisie Williams summed it up best when she said...

Monday, June 3, 2013

There's a Grumpy Cat plush?!

Yes. Yes, there is.

Product page $20

(via Twyst & Brian Truitt on Twitter)

A clip of Nathan Fillion in Monsters University. I haz a happy.

This made my Monday.

(via io9)


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