Anna May Wong in Piccadilly, 1929
This is something that Derrida has taught: if you feel that you’ve acquitted yourself honourably, than you are not so ethical. If you have a good conscience, then you are kind of worthless. If you think, ‘oh I gave this homeless person 5 bucks, I’m great’, then you’re irresponsible. The responsible being is one who thinks they’ve never been responsible enough, they’ve never taken care enough of the Other. The Other is so in excess of anything you can understand, or grasp, or reduce. This in itself creates ethical relativeness, or relation without relation, because you don’t know, you can’t presume to know, or grasp the Other. The minute you think you know the Other, you’re ready to kill them.
Avital Ronell from Examined Life (via ofmyreverberations)
Avital Ronell (via azevo)
In the 101 top-grossing family films…from 1990 to 2004, of the over 4,000 characters in these films, 75% overall were male, 83% of characters in crowds were male, 83% of narrators were male, and 72% of speaking were male. When the American Psychological Association commented on this research, they said, ‘This gross under-representation of women or girls in films with family-friendly content reflects a missed opportunity to present a broad spectrum of girls and women in roles that are non-sexualised.’
Natasha Walter, Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, pages 69-70, 2010. (via bitemebeautiful)
Bringing this back as people have started reblogging this again and EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THIS.
“I mean, it used to be so romantic to go to a movie - to sit in a big theater that had a balcony, and boxes, and fabulous gilt trim on the walls, and a big red velvet curtain. Now we go to horrible unadorned grey rectangles where the sound bleeds in from the grey rectangles next door. It’s sad.”
- Nora Ephron