Just About Every Geek Culture Reference Ever Mashed Into One Visually Insane Music Video
Experimental punk group The Death Set have some pretty out-there videos, but this one for “They Come To Get Us” is by far the most aesthetically outrageous. It also features references to Back to the Future, Batman, The Simpsons, Star Wars, Star Trek, Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros., and more.
I like it.
This has been on near constant repeat since midday yesterday. PSY - GANGNAM STYLE (by officialpsy)
I think that my reticence when it came to beauty products, for so many years, was informed by some misguided idea of “what a feminist looks like”. Feminist commentary, particularly online, is gripped by a tiresome brand of essentialism that dictates who is doing feminism right according to how much (or how little) time they invest in their appearance. I remember a feminist comic that pitched a “Hobbit-footed” woman against those who had pedicures and waxed their legs, as though the au naturel state was somehow closer to feminist nirvana.
It is, of course, a monstrous falsehood.
In this new, makeup-infused era, I am interested in the performative use of cosmetics - the idea, as Germaine Greer used to espouse, that if you’re going to wear makeup, you might as well wear it - and concepts of “feminist makeupping” as explored by young feminists online. I like garish eye-colours, heavily powdered eyebrows and fluorescent pink blush; my makeup is over-the-top and hyper-feminine, and sometimes “ugly” (especially “ugly”). It’s a retort to the idea of “natural beauty”, which I spent years wallowing in, boasting unpleasantly that I “just don’t need to wear foundation”.
A lot of this was due to the fact that for years I had felt actually ugly, because I didn’t look like the pretty girls at school, and my nose and teeth were a bit crooked, my stomach wasn’t flat, and whatever else terrible things girls grow up thinking about themselves. Now I have entered a new era of intense interest in my appearance, and for the first time in literally 29 years, I smile in photos.
This quote by one of my blog heroes, rgr-pop, sums up my approach to feminist makeupping: “Vanity as a ‘project’ was totally an intervention. #Feminist Makeupping was an intervention. A little over a year ago, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror. I would scream, cry, panic, scratch at myself, stare at the floor, I couldn’t do it. Now my face is basically the only thing I’m interested in.”"
Hey guys I wrote about how I became a feminist nail art model, shout out to rgr and #feminist makeupping.
Very similar to my own experience, I’ve really embraced the fun of makeup in the last few years and stopped seeing it as conforming. I also have much better skin at this stage of my adulthood so I don’t get the punishment of obscene pimples after a big night out, making makeup infinitely less scary.
Let that sink in.
The culture of firearm violence is so ingrained that Slate takes for granted that more massacres are not only inevitable, but that you should look for patterns in the locations of the atrocities.
Like I said the other day, it’s incredible that it just seems like mainstream America considers these events to be the cost of doing business.
As always, The Onion has it covered.
New obsession. Samantha Wright