a-foolish-soap asked: Wow okay Lily Allen is ridiculously racist bye
I’ve read a lot of people on tumblr saying that she’s using women of colour as a prop in her Hard Out Here video and I didn’t not take it in that regard — I could of course be entirely wrong — as Allen’s video very slightly (VERY slightly) exaggerates the presentation of women in music videos to demonstrate just how ridiculous it is. She is not advocating for that presentation of women and makes it clear, or at least that’s my impression. Comments men think women would make about male anatomy (i.e. the Robin Thicke homage) are replaced with misogynistic assessments of the female anatomy. Women are part of the kitchen scenery, as much a show thing as a car or a champagne bottle and above all dancers made up of all but one woman of colour serve as a background to the main singer. This video is a criticism of music videos.
Another thing people are bringing up “Don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cuz I got a brain” — and claiming it’s married to twerking and the image of the black woman shaking her ass. But look at that wording: Don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cuz I got a brain. That for you is so important. Shake your ass if you want, whatever. But Allen is arguing against the Thicke-esque idea that everything revolves around a man’s worldview and physical relationship to women.
Just imo obviously.
Norwegian town of Rjuken steals sun
A group of almost nervous-looking Norwegians gather to greet the sun. It is rising in silver splendour over the mountains that enfold their little town, casting a pool of bright light around them. In this new morning they cast shadows on the town square. Real shadows at last!
But that is not the sun. It is a system of gigantic mirrors set up on the mountain to give Rjukan a sunlight boost. This town buried in a deep valley never gets any direct natural light in winter, when the northern sun is too low in the sky to get past its walls of rock. Until now. The mirrors are the brainchild of Martin Andersen, an artist who moved to Rjukan 10 years ago. His “heliostats” reflect this pool of sunlight on to the town square 365 days a year, keeping the sun in town even in the darkest winter.
i’ve always wanted to be one of those oversized sweater-wearing wavy haired bookish girls who drinks pumpkin lattes and takes walks through the leaves in their boots but in reality i’m a 18 ft five-headed firebreathing dragon and we don’t wear boots