Reminder that while the concept of virginity is technically a social construct, your sexual debut is still allowed to be special to you, and you are still allowed to wait and want to make it meaningful, and your self-perception is still allowed to change after you have sex. Just as long as you’re doing these things for yourself, and not because someone told you that you should.
I already kind of loved them for the fact that they pilot Cherno Alpha, a Jaeger that literally has its head transposed with a god damn cooling tower. But they’re actually pretty fabulous even beyond having the hottest ride of them all.
For one thing, there’s the fact that Sasha Kaidanovsky is, you know, another female pilot, which is pretty notable and cool. What’s more, she’s the member of her team that is constantly shouting information and orders. She seems to take the dominant role as far as interacting with the outside world, analogous to the dominant roles Raleigh and Stacker take when they pilot (although it’s worth noting the complexity of that dynamic in Pacific Rim—the pilots are two parts of a whole, after all). In a way, her relationship with her husband is the mirror of Raleigh’s with Mako: she is the expressive, somewhat more dynamic figure to her far more restrained husband who, like Mako, is less vocal and has an air about him of the coiled spring—force held carefully in balance.
Again, my reaction here is kind of colored by my shared experience of the movie with Sara, who is a huge Cherno Alpha fangirl. (Sidenote: this is why I always try, if possible, to watch movies with someone else. A shared experience, I find, is so much more meaningful. I love theaters for this reason.) One of the things we both noticed while watching was the way the two characters are given depth and personality through their body language. Look at the above images: Sasha’s movements are lithe and determined… and more than a little lusty. She loves her husband and is quite open about expressing it. A simple gesture meant to beckon him to the place she’s found in the mess hall thus becomes a sultry gesture. This is pretty cool, actually, as an affirmation, once more, of a female character’s desire.
What’s more, she puts an arm around her man protectively, baring her teeth at Raleigh to warn him away! I love this so, so much, because this kind of attitude is sort of stereotypically masculine, but here we’ve got the lithe, sexy female positioning herself as the protector of the big burly man. It’s a funny moment, but it’s also cool, because it writes, if not a novel, then certainly a god damn short story about these two characters and their relationship and their love and their connection as pilots, all through the power of body language.
No, Sasha does not get any lines of consequence.
But when the Kaidanovsky’s finally decide to get out of the way of the plasma canon that threatens to blow up half the shatterdome, she’s the second to start moving along the catwalk, and her body language oozes derision for the bullshit she’s being subjected to, like she’s doing the plasma fist a fucking favor by not just staring it down until it breaks down and cries.
And when Leatherback crushes the cockpit of Cherno Alpha, it’s her scream—a scream not of pain or fear but of hate, pure hate, and boundless fury—that we hear.
Sasha Kaidanovsky is a badass, and she doesn’t need to speak for us to know it. Every movement she makes speaks volumes. The Kaidanovskys have a voice in this film. Their voices are their bodies, their movements their words, their gestures their punctuation. If Mako speaks through color—if she speaks through pigment like a painter—the Kaidanovsky’s speak through the dance they do together, a beautiful, loving, protective, forceful dance that continues even to the moment of their deaths.
I wrote a bit of a rant about Jane after seeing The Dark World for the first time, and was asked if I could repost it once the film was out in the rest of the world.
Since then I’ve had time to re-watch both Thor and The DarkWorld, this time taking notes, and have reworked and added to the original post a fair bit. So here’s the more comprehensive explanation of why I was frustrated with Jane Foster’s characterisation in The Dark World.
In case it’s not obvious, this post contains SPOILERS.
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also, instead of boy or girl, nonbinary people can call themselves an enby, like n.b. for nonbinary, and their partners can call them enbyfriends. i found this out today and i thought some of u might think it’s as cute as i do
THIS IS SO CUTE finally a term cute enough for me
Not sure if I would ever use this, but I think it’s hella cute and figured it might resonate with some of you folks that follow me.
“Each of us needs something of an island in his life—if not an actual island, at least some place, or space in time, in which to be himself, free to cultivate his differences from others.”—John Keats, Of Time and an Island (via debourbon)
If Yatcaz Kalkcaz Ordayim, by Gülşen sounds like the clock is ticking, it’s because the song is about how she’s rushing across a great distance to make it to the person she’s singing to. ‘I’ll be there in two days”
I wish it was easier to buy Turkish artists’ music. I feel like I have to compile lists of names and then hope for another stopover in Instanbul the next time I head west.
“There’s a whole comic devoted to that. It was an amazing inspiration before I played Loki for the first time. The conceit is that Loki is actually on the throne, he gets everything he wants, Thor is defeated and he isn’t happy. In fact, he needs Thor to define him. He needs the opposition. Which is quite an interesting way to look at life. Freedom is scarier than constraint. Constraint gives you a reason, it gives you resistance. It gives you tension, it gives you something to fight. Freedom dares you with a question, what are you going to do? I don’t think Loki has any idea.”—Tom Hiddleston, referring to Blood Brothers when asked, "Is it difficult to play someone who doesn’t have an end goal in sight? And could his goal be the throne of Asgard? Because I don’t think he would be happy once he got it." (x)