Whetstone of the Wits

"For always, the dullness / of the fool is the whetstone of the wits" - Celia, AYL (I.ii.52-3)

Romola Garai as G(a)linda in Gregory Maguire's Wicked


I can’t let go of the thought of Romola Garai as G(a)linda in a film adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked. Not only does she exquisitely look the exquisite part, she has every ounce of acting ability to go the entire spectrum with the conundrum of the character. (Please excuse the photo spam…

yes. YEA.


Patriarchy in Emma Approved

I’m a little disturbed by today sepsis or (Winners and Losers) of EA. While Emma may have been a little out of line, the concern she showed was for the fact that her sister was very obviously unhappy.

Izzy seems to be in an entirely unequal marriage, and the only reason she is upset is because she agrees that her feelings and wishes aren’t important.

While I’m upset that they’ve made John a total asshole (Book!John compromised for his wife a lot with regards to family), now that it’s an established thing I’m angry that they have made Emma out to be the bad guy.

You’ve got a problem when a woman (wife/mother/partner/friend) doesn’t assert herself because she is convinced that everyone is right when they tell her she’s selfish and untrustworthy.

She’s not - it seems to me that John just can’t admit he’s being so controlling over his wife that she can’t even discuss a change of holiday location with him.

Emma, you go on this one. You’re fucking right.


Romola Garai speaking in Parliament for Women for Refugee Women.

Women invented all the core technologies that made civilization possible. This isn’t some feminist myth; it’s what modern anthropologists believe. Women are thought to have invented pottery, basketmaking, weaving, textiles, horticulture, and agriculture. That’s right: without women’s inventions, we wouldn’t be able to carry things or store things or tie things up or go fishing or hunt with nets or haft a blade or wear clothes or grow our food or live in permanent settlements. Suck on that.

Women have continued to be involved in the creation and advancement of civilization throughout history, whether you know it or not. Pick anything—a technology, a science, an art form, a school of thought—and start digging into the background. You’ll find women there, I guarantee, making critical contributions and often inventing the damn shit in the first place.

Women have made those contributions in spite of astonishing hurdles. Hurdles like not being allowed to go to school. Hurdles like not being allowed to work in an office with men, or join a professional society, or walk on the street, or own property. Example: look up Lise Meitner some time. When she was born in 1878 it was illegal in Austria for girls to attend school past the age of 13. Once the laws finally eased up and she could go to university, she wasn’t allowed to study with the men. Then she got a research post but wasn’t allowed to use the lab on account of girl cooties. Her whole life was like this, but she still managed to discover nuclear fucking fission. Then the Nobel committee gave the prize to her junior male colleague and ignored her existence completely.

Men in all patriarchal civilizations, including ours, have worked to downplay or deny women’s creative contributions. That’s because patriarchy is founded on the belief that women are breeding stock and men are the only people who can think. The easiest way for men to erase women’s contributions is to simply ignore that they happened. Because when you ignore something, it gets forgotten. People in the next generation don’t hear about it, and so they grow up thinking that no women have ever done anything. And then when women in their generation do stuff, they think ‘it’s a fluke, never happened before in the history of the world, ignore it.’ And so they ignore it, and it gets forgotten. And on and on and on. The New York Times article is a perfect illustration of this principle in action.

Finally, and this is important: even those women who weren’t inventors and intellectuals, even those women who really did spend all their lives doing stereotypical “women’s work”—they also built this world. The mundane labor of life is what makes everything else possible. Before you can have scientists and engineers and artists, you have to have a whole bunch of people (and it’s usually women) to hold down the basics: to grow and harvest and cook the food, to provide clothes and shelter, to fetch the firewood and the water, to nurture and nurse, to tend and teach. Every single scrap of civilized inventing and dreaming and thinking rides on top of that foundation. Never forget that.

Violet Socks, Patriarchy in Action: The New York Times Rewrites History (via o1sv)

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i…i could have met romola garai….i could have talked to her about feminism and how much i love her….


That is the coolest thing ever! You have to get the low down from some current students!

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How attached are cats to their owners?

See? Cats do not like us. We are their servants.

Emma Approved 20 Day Challenge | Day I

Favourite Female Character: Emma Woodhouse. 

This was a difficult choice, but I did have to choose Emma in the end. On paper she seems incredibly difficult to relate to and up to this point in the series I hadn’t. 

However, it was this episode that changed my mind. Sotomura’s Emma changed gears here, her brutal confidence was utterly destroyed, and yet because she perceived success as ‘always being right’ - as it were - she can’t give in to destruction. Her mad and determined ambition regarding Annie and Ryan’s wedding was actually very endearing; she doesn’t mean to be cruel or underhanded, it’s an unhappy and dangerous consequence of her desire to see them happy together. 

Very misguided, but then if all her flaws had been fixed at the first hurdle, I wouldn’t care about her so much. 

Credit to http://emma-approved.tumblr.com/ for this challenge. I’ve been looking for something to pass the time, other than just re-watching the episodes.