"Yes, but that’s still a minority! If more women played video games, there would be more reason to have female protagonists!"
I was saddened to hear of the loss of Maxine Powell, the legendary Motown etiquette expert. Mrs. Powell died on Monday, October 14th, in Southfield, Michigan at the age of 98. A native of Texarkana, Texas, Mrs. Powell was raised in Chicago and was a student at the Madam CJ Walker School of Beauty Culture. As the founder of the Maxine Powell Finishing and Modeling School, she was asked to bring her school to the burgeoning Motown record label in 1964 by one of her former students, Gwen Gordy, and Esther Gordy Edwards, sisters of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Mrs. Powell coached legends like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations and The Supremes on things like how to get in and out of cars, how to use props on stage and the proper way to greet important guests who visited the backstage after a show. ‘“We worked with developing class,” she once said. “First, who are you? And, what makes you tick? I helped them to eliminate shyness and get rid of any hang-ups because oftentimes we start with body language, your body language tells so much about you, don’t even have to say a word.’” Diana Ross was one of many Motown legends to issue a statement upon hearing of Mrs. Powell’s death. “Girls growing up in underprivileged areas need to know their worth and their value. I was born in the Brewster housing project and meeting Maxine Powell showed me that there was the possibility of beauty, grace, integrity and meaning to my life. The wisdom she shared with me and all of the young artists at Motown will never be forgotten. She was the true example of a mentor and coach and just someone who cared about us. I also hope to be such an example as I live my life. We will truly truly miss her.”
Straight women who keep derailing discussions about lesbian representation to demand more female characters whose storylines do not involve romance should shut up forever.
Tell me about all the films with unnecessary lesbian romance added just for the sake of it! (Romance, none of that bullshit inserted just for the male gaze.) Not much of a problem, right? Because the problem is not compulsory “romance”, it is compulsory heterosexuality. Women are only seen as important insofar as they exist to serve men and further their stories, and that is why we don’t get to see lesbians either. Relationships, both romantic and platonic, between women are terribly underrated.
Furthermore, major female characters are only acceptable as long as they’re heterosexual, so don’t try to blame L/B/Q women for your “lack” of independent female protagonists in mainstream cinema. Remember what happened with Brave? Every time there’s a major female character with no apparent love interest, we have to listen to your paranoid, homophobic arguments as to why she MUST BE STRAIGHT, no, nothing lesbian or queer here, that’s unimaginable! Hell, even if your strong female protagonist who doesn’t need a man to save her might possibly be bi or queer or a lesbian because it’s not explicitly stated she’s straight, it doesn’t matter at all because it still doesn’t count as L/B/Q representation, so you don’t need to be so defensive of her heterosexuality. Perhaps if we had more female characters who are explicitly lesbian/bi/queer, we wouldn’t need to cling to the possibilities offered by ambiguity.
When you act like having a lesbian plot line takes away from a character instead of adding to her potential, you’re just revealing your own homophobia. The idea that a romance somehow weakens a character because it brings focus to her partner simply does not work with same-sex relationships. So what if your well-developed female character has some of her storyline centered around… another female character? You probably end up with two strong female characters instead of just one. Again, the problem is not that women are seen as dependent on their love interests. The problem is that women are portrayed as inferior to and dependent on men.
TL;DR you’re huge lesbophobes and failing at feminism, please don’t open your mouths ever again.
That’s right! Sex workers, all kinds of sex workers, make this world a better place; by disrespecting sex workers of any kind, you make it worse.
This needs to be reposted … - SelinaMinx
LEMME TELL YOU BITCHES ABOUT MY GIRL CARMILLA
FOLKS FORGET ABOUT CARMILLA AND HER WONDERFUL LOVE STORY JUST BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T GET AS MUCH PUBLICITY AS OL’ DRAC BUT SHE’S AWESOME
SHE DOESN’T BURN IN SUNLIGHT BUT DOES WEAKEN CONSIDERABLY TO THE POINT OF FAINTING AND NEVER WAKES UP BEFORE NOON (MY SPIRIT MONSTER IS CARMILLA YO) AND WHEN SHE FEEDS FROM LAURA IT’S ALWAYS FROM HER LEFT BREAST. THAT’S STRAIGHT UP VICTORIAN EROTICA YO. SHE CAN TRANSFORM INTO A CAT AND INTO FOG, SIMILAR TO DRAC, AND HAS THIS LONG, BEAUTIFUL DARK HAIR.
YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE THING ONLINE IT’S OUT OF COPYRIGHT AND STUFF BUT HOLY SHIT A STORY ABOUT WOMEN IN THE 1800S THAT PASSES THE BECHDEL TEST WHAT????
GO. READ IT. IT’LL TAKE YOU BARELY AN HOUR AT MOST.
This is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.
[Images of several women, plus what they had to say. “knowyourIX.org” is on every poster.
I started a survivor support group because in order to create change on campus, we have to take care of each other.
- Sarah, Emerson College
I protested because my school refused to invesitgate reports of harassment, which it’s required to do by law.
- Jasmine, Arizona State University
I published an open letter to my university because it ignores reports of sexual and gendered violence, and that is against federal law.
- Carolynn, UConn
I filed a Title IX complaint because my school didn’t provide the academic accommodations I needed after my abuse.
- Wagatwe, Tufts
I protested and filed a federal clery act complaint because it is illegal for my college to consistently cover up rape, harasssment and hate crimes.
- Nastassja, Dartmouth]
You have laws which protect you. did you know that? Spread this so every woman on Tumblr knows. No more silence, no more shame.
For more info: http://knowyourix.org
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Paloma Noyola: The Face of Mexico’s Unleashed Potential
When a report emerged in September 2012 that a girl from one of Matamoros’ poorest neighborhoods had attained the highest math score in Mexico, some doubted its veracity. It must be fake, they said.
But it wasn’t fake. Her name is Paloma Noyola, and what most reports failed to mention is that almost all of her classmates also scored very high on the national math test. 10 scored in 99.99% percentile.
Paloma and her classmates also scored in the top percentile in language. Something special was happening at José Urbina López primary school in Matamoros, and Wired went to take a look.
The high test scores turned out to be the work of a young teacher who also came from humble beginnings. Sergio Juárez Correa was tired of the monotony of teaching out of a book and wanted to try something new to help engage his students when he came across the work of Sugata Mitra, a UK university professor who had innovated a new pedagogy he called SOLE, or self organized learning environments. The new approach paid off.
Although SOLE usually relies on unfettered Internet access for research, Juárez and his students had very limited access. Somehow, he still found a way to apply Mitra’s teachings and unleash their potential.
From the beginning, Paloma’s exceptional abilities were evident:
One day Juárez Correa went to his whiteboard and wrote “1 = 1.00.” Normally, at this point, he would start explaining the concept of fractions and decimals. Instead he just wrote “½ = ?” and “¼ = ?”
“Think about that for a second,” he said, and walked out of the room.
While the kids murmured, Juárez Correa went to the school cafeteria, where children could buy breakfast and lunch for small change. He borrowed about 10 pesos in coins, worth about 75 cents, and walked back to his classroom, where he distributed a peso’s worth of coins to each table. He noticed that Paloma had already written .50 and .25 on a piece of paper.
As Mr. Juárez implemented more of Mitra’s teachings in his classroom, Paloma continued to stand out as an exceptionally gifted student:
Juárez Correa was impressed. But he was even more intrigued by Paloma. During these experiments, he noticed that she almost always came up with the answer immediately. Sometimes she explained things to her tablemates, other times she kept the answer to herself. Nobody had told him that she had an unusual gift. Yet even when he gave the class difficult questions, she quickly jotted down the answers. To test her limits, he challenged the class with a problem he was sure would stump her. He told the story of Carl Friedrich Gauss, the famous German mathematician, who was born in 1777.
When Gauss was a schoolboy, one of his teachers asked the class to add up every number between 1 and 100. It was supposed to take an hour, but Gauss had the answer almost instantly.
“Does anyone know how he did this?” Juárez Correa asked.
A few students started trying to add up the numbers and soon realized it would take a long time. Paloma, working with her group, carefully wrote out a few sequences and looked at them for a moment. Then she raised her hand.
“The answer is 5,050,” she said. “There are 50 pairs of 101.”
Juárez Correa felt a chill. He’d never encountered a student with so much innate ability. He squatted next to her and asked why she hadn’t expressed much interest in math in the past, since she was clearly good at it.
“Because no one made it this interesting,” she said.
Although this Wired piece focuses mostly on Sugata Mitra, it does once again highlight the story of Paloma Noyola. Unfortunately, after a brief spurt of media attention, little on Paloma was ever mentioned and, as was pointed out by Wired, nothing was ever said of Mr. Juárez.
As with most stories in the Mexican press — and with in the middle-class — things suddenly become very important once it’s featured in a gringo publication. Which is a very sad commentary. We hope, however, that this story pushes those in the press, state and federal government to look not to the United States for validation but to Mexicans like Sergio Juárez doing good work in places like Matamoros.
The clear message in this story is that there are thousands of Paloma Noyolas going to school in Mexico who, just like her at one time, are not being challenged and therefore aren’t very interested in school. This story can, if we want it to, raise enough awareness to shift the discussion from poverty to opportunity.
Paloma truly personifies both Mexico’s challenges and unleashed potential.
Read the entire Wired story here: How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses
Editor’s note: As an addendum, Wired provided information on helping support Sugata Mitra and his School in the Clouds project, and although they donated school supplies and equipment to José Urbina López School, we’re interested in seeing if we can help set up a similar fund for Sergio Juárez, the teacher featured in this story.
Also, $9,300 was raised to help fund Paloma’s education last year. We going to follow with the economist who led the fundraising campaign to see how she’s doing. Stay tuned for updates.