Marina Sirtis talks about Deanna Troi and the inverse relation between cleavage and brains in TNG
There are certain rules in Hollywood. One of the rules is not written anywhere, but you just know: if you’re doing an action-adventure show, you gotta have chicks on the show for the boys to look at when they’re not blowing up other spaceships. Second rule: if the chick has a cleavage, she cannot have a brain.
So, [after wearing a uniform in the first episode] I got a cleavage, and all my gray matter departed. Which was sad, because originally (I know this is gonna shock you), Troi was supposed to be the brains of the Enterprise. So when the cleavage came, all that left, and I became decorative, like a potted palm on the bridge.
Then of course came the second season, and I was the only young one left. We had me and we had Diana, and so I had to become all things to all men. And so I got the red outfit, and and then we got the lilac outfit and then we got the green dress. Under the green dress I got to wear a corset, a satin corset, with bones in, like Scarlet O’Hara.
Now, as you know, with a corset everything gets pushed up or down. What was pushed down was kind of enclosed in the skirt and what was pushed up was enclosed in what I named “the Industrial Strength Starfleet Brassiere”, which was a wonder of modern engineering. I mean, I used to take it off at night and go "oh blimey, where did they go?". In fact, we had guest stars - and I’m no Twiggy - who would come and see me in the morning as Marina and then they would see me two hours later as Troi, and they’d go to costume and go "I want that bra!"
So then we got to season six, and there was the episode “Chain of Command" where we were trying out the new captain, Captain Jellico (just in case Patrick wanted too much money for next season, we were auditioning other captains), and he said to Troi “Go put on a uniform”. And lo and behold, there was one in her closet. So I put it on, and by then I was skinny, and the director and all the producers were like "she looks good in that, why wasn’t she been wearing that for the last six years?"
So I started to wear my spacesuit. I was thrilled to finally be in a spacesuit. First of all, my pips - cause I had a rank, you know. And then, it was very flattering actually, it looked really good.
Suddenly, I was smart again. My cleavage had gone. My gray matter came flooding back. I was on away teams! I was the leader of one away team! I had a medical tricorder! And unlike Beverly, I seemed to know what was wrong with people.
And, in this one particular episode, where we were on the Romulan ship - because suddenly I am the expert in Romulan technology - I had this line: "That’s impossible. The Romulans use an artificial quantum singularity as their power source". Who did I say it to? Geordi and Data! They didn’t know this. To be honest, when we were shooting the scene and I was saying the line, I was sneaking looks to my right and left to make sure they hadn’t developed a cleavage while I wasn’t looking.
~ The brilliant and hilarious Marina Sirtis at DragonCon 2010: Star Trek TNG Panel (Abridged from this video. The panel begins here, go check it out, it’s totally worth it).
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Why the hell do people want fucking person of color, bi gendered, handicapped, asexual, pink haired fucking people in everything? THATS KINDA EXCESSIVE DONT YOU THINK???
Actually, you know what I think is MUCH better described as excessive? Reality, which is the opposite of what you’re fucking complaining about:
Having 90% of people in media white, straight, cis, able bodied, and mostly male isn’t excessive?
At the Dark End of the Street: Sexual Violence and the Civil Rights Movement
In 1944, in Abbeville, Alabama, a black woman named Recy Taylor walked home from a church revival. A car full of white men kidnapped her off the street, drove her to the woods and gang raped her at gunpoint. When they finished, they dropped her off in the middle of town and told her they would kill her if she told anyone what happened. But that night, she told her husband, father and the local sheriff about the assault. A few days later the Montgomery NAACP called to say they were sending their best investigator.
It was Rosa Parks.
Rosa Parks carried Taylor’s story back to Montgomery where she and the city’s most militant activists organized the Committee for Equal Justice for Mrs. Recy Taylor, and launched what the Chicago Defender called the strongest campaign for equal justice in a decade. Eleven years later this group of homegrown activists would become better known as the Montgomery Improvement Association, vaunting it’s president, Martin Luther King Jr. to international prominence and launching a movement that would help change the world. But when the coalition first took root, King was still in High School.
The 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, often heralded as the opening scene of the civil rights movement, was in many ways, one of the last acts of a decades-long struggle to protect black women, like Taylor, from sexualized violence and rape. Indeed, major civil rights campaigns in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina had roots in organized resistance to sexual violence.
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance-A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Danielle L. McGuire
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“Killed 99 bears”
a fact that if actually accomplished, should be put on a tombstone.
My favorite part is “We hope he has gone to rest.” What, like… they weren’t sure? Maybe, if ever the bear uprising should start again, he would rise from the ground to finish what he started and slay that 100th bear?
Was this man so powerful they are concerned he might not have decided to rest at all and is simply biding his time?
The bears made that tombstone.
A warning, and a prayer.
That he really, truely stays down.
This is too badass not to reblog.
Reblog for last comment
Lianne la Havas wears an exclusive Jane Bowler AW13 fringed top at Pinkpop festival!
HOLY SHIT, IS THAT LISA KUDROW? IS IT?
I MISSED YOU LISA. SO MUCH.
SHE CAME FOR THAT ASS!!!
Somebody put that interviewer in the ICU for all them burns….
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Anonymous asked: How do you deal with people who try to invalidate your arguments on oppression and whatnot? I'm talking about the type of people who call themselves men's right activists and believe in reverse racism.
I feel like this is going to sound like a defeatist answer, but for me personally, this is the way I’ve dealt with this kind of ignorance, mostly out of a sense of self-care and preservation than anything.
The first thing I do is try and evaluate the type of ignorance this is. Really, like dividing it into categories, usually very broadly something like
- Just Doesn’t Know, But Seems Open to Learning
- Is Attempting to Troll Because They Think They Are Intellectually Superior
- Is Blatantly, Willfully Ignorant and Nothing Will Change Their Minds No Matter What You Say
And so if they seem like they Just Don’t Know, either because they are a part of the privileged group they think experiences oppression or because they don’t understand how institutionalized social inequalities go and oppression can’t work both ways, I’ll try to explain it to them. Like quoting the thousands of resources and links or pointing them in that direction. And usually that works, because sometimes people don’t know or how to start knowing.
But if they seem like Trolls or like they are Blatantly, Willfully Ignorant? I cut off ties with them. Seriously. This is because I’ve spent too much time feeling like I’m bashing my head against a brick wall. Maybe I’ve become jaded, but sometimes I do think it’s the case that people just don’t want to learn and they don’t care how harmful what they’re doing is, because it’s all about Them and Their Feelings. I’m tired of having to validate them by engaging with them, when all that happens is affecting me negatively and they walk away thinking they’ve “won” or something because I’m just an Angry Brown Person Who’s Oppressing Them. And I’m tired. So fucking tired.
So I surround myself with people who understand my struggles or are working in solidarity with me or are on the most basic level, trying to learn and educate themselves. And I try to continue educating myself working in solidarity with other marginalized groups and people.
I know this sounds easier said than done - like, what if it’s a family member, a boss, your school environment, etc.? And that’s the thing, it’s not going to be easy. This is the world we live in, where you really can’t sequester yourself completely. But it’s things like finding safe spaces for yourself and thinking of your self-care first. And honestly, fighting against people who try to invalidate oppression when you feel like you can, and avoiding the people when you feel like you can’t.
I’m gonna be real, there are some people in my life, like professors, where I just have to avoid conversations about oppression with them altogether. And this is a part survival for me, where I can’t/don’t want to just completely cut someone out of my life but I literally can’t with their bullshit. And then I surround myself with other people who get that, and who understand/actively try to understand that oppression is not a two way street.
I hope that was helpful. I know that doesn’t work for everyone though, so followers, experiences/thoughts?
Maybe the Vikings were not conquerors as popularly imagined?
lol. okay guys this is what happened.
Erik the Red got kicked out of Iceland cos he killed someone. He wandered over to Greenland and then started trying to convince people to come live with him and they set up this sad little settlement there. Later another dude got blown off course trying to get there and happened to see North America, so he told Erik’s son Leif and Leif went to go check it out, but they didn’t see any people.
A few years later Leif’s brother Thorvald went exploring to try and get some furs and stuff. He found nine indigenous people sleeping under canoes and so what does he do? Yeah he kills eight of them and the ninth one runs off and comes back with a force of very angry Inuit who then killed him. Not exactly a promising start.
Anyway long story short, the Norse did a really crappy job interacting with the indigenous people so the Inuit just beat them back to Greenland and then they were too stubborn to eat fish like the native people instead of trying to raise sheep in Greenland so they either died or moved back to Iceland.
Basically, it’s not that they were significantly nicer than Columbus, it’s mostly that they happened to piss off the Inuit before they managed to transmit diseases to them.This is why I have issues with “American ingenuity” bullshit about how the colonists took over America. No. It was not superior weapons or ingenuity. It was that we wiped out their populations with disease.
I am reblogging just because I never like to miss a chance to remind people that Natives consistently controlled and overwhelmed European forces before they were hit by epidemics. People of the northeast coast kept a very tight leash on Europeans until the early 1600s when disease hit (and Europeans commented that they couldn’t settle there because there were too many people), the Spanish got their butts kicked in Mexico until smallpox ravaged the Triple Alliance, and the majority of the middle part of the continent was entirely dependent on Native whims until the huge epidemic of 1780 (Native domination lasted longer in some areas of course, well into the 1800s, but before the epidemic Europeans didn’t even have a chance).
I feel very confident saying that if diseases had not affected indigenous Americans, then Europe would not have conquered the continents.
Reblogging because it is important for people understand the bold. it is true, the Europeans could not have won without the diseases brought to us. The argument saying that they won because they were “advanced” is invalid because not even their weaponry was enough to beat native people. It was their diseases, which they knew, that could potentially decimate our population. So no, Europeans were not more “advanced” they were just a filthy, which is the reason why they carried disease in the first place.
In Chile somehow the Mapuche didn’t get weakened by disease, and they never ever let the Spanish alone (In fact, they’re still fighting to this day). The Spanish were so done trying to fight them that at the end they set up the Bío-Bío river as a natural geographical limit, to the North was the Chilean Capitanía, to the South of the river were the Mapuche (Of course, the Spanish would cross the river to steal away people and get them into the Encomienda system because they were and are shit like that).
Sometimes folks will try to also use the disease factor to claim innocence on the part of the colonizers - but it’s worth remembering they came here with the explicit goal of enslaving everyone here and killing people to take land.
If someone pulls a home invasion and 8/10 people die from sickness you brought then you kill half the survivors? Yeah, it wasn’t like you came up with good intentions to begin with…
Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.– Mos Def (Yasiin Bey)
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Did you know that when men look at themselves in the mirror, they’re more likely to see themselves as being buffer and fitter than they are? Whereas women are more likely to see ourselves as fatter than we are and unattractive.
It’s almost like the portrayal of male-idealized power fantasies in pop culture isn’t remotely the same thing as the the unrealistic (and still rooted in male ideals) standards that women are held to in the media. Weird! If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that having media tailored to the tastes and needs and desires of one narrow demographic (straight white men) tends to boost their self-esteem while lowering that of everyone else.
Bottomline: Barbie and He-Man are both male fantasies.
Not to mention you are more likely to see diverse body types portrayed for men in all forms of media than you will women.
Video: Heavy D & The Boyz — Now That We Found Love ft. Aaron Hall
As we celebrate Hip-Hop History Month, we honor Heavy-D, who passed away November 8, 2011.
and I think a super important thing that needs to be asked nowadays when it comes to women dying or getting killed in fiction
IS SHE DYING BECAUSE OF HER. IS SHE DYING BECAUSE OF HER CHOICES AND ACTIONS AND HER STORY? IS THIS PART OF HER FUCKING STORY? OR IS THIS ALL BECAUSE SHE WAS AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME BECAUSE SOME DUDE AND SHE’S DYING SO HE CAN FEEL BAD ABOUT LIFE FOR A WHILE?
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT
also “could the effects of her death be replicated by the dude having his bicycle stolen?”
but yes the rest of this as well.
My name is Jalisa.
My mother is a disabled, queer woman of color in a domestic violence situation. She needs your help.
Her name is Eloisa Small - and she suffers from PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. She is physically disabled and has been diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Stenosis of the neck, and Fibromyalgia. Her physical disabilities mean that she is in constant severe pain and spends most of her days heavily sedated. Eloisa does not want to take pills; she wants surgery. One doctor dismissively told her that the only thing he could do to help would be to sever her spinal cord at the neck to prevent her severe pain. On top of these life threatening conditions, her partner is abusing her. Due to her disability, she is unable to escape from him.
Eloisa desperately requires funding for her travel from Michigan to Minnesota, where she will be placed in a safe, disability friendly environment while she receives treatment for her physical and mental disabilities at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. On top of these conditions, one of her doctors in Michigan has recently discovered a brain cyst that has caused significant memory loss. Yet the doctor ruled the cyst as benign.
My mother grew up in inner-city New York; she has received the same amount of education as a 13 year old. Her lack of education means that doctors often do not listen to her needs or care to understand them. She does not have the education to give informed consent and desperately wants to move to Minnesota in order to have her daughter (me) assist with her medical care.
· Doctors have refused her treatments because they didn’t want to treat someone using medical marijuana (which she uses for nausea and pain). This type of discrimination is illegal
· Eloisa worked for 8 years with a broken back and went in for frequent doctor visits about her pain. It took doctors 8 years until one finally ran an MRI and discovered that her lumbar disks were slowly deteriorating. By then, it was too late.
· The surgery performed on her did not have informed consent. The doctor also installed rods into her back when he was not given permission to. The rods are irremovable and are attributed to her permanent disability. She cannot sue this doctor because of medical statutes protecting him
· I believe that the racially charged atmosphere in Michigan is connected to her poor treatment
· One of her doctors didn’t bother reading her file and didn’t even know she has had 2 prior spinal fusion surgeries
It kills me that I can’t take care of my mother. She raised my brother and I alone, put food on the table, and never missed even one of my track meets - even when she needed to be at the doctors’. Eloisa has put EVERYONE first. She smiled at all of my silly drawings and listened to me ramble excitedly about every book I ever read. Now, I need my community to help me support her. I need everyone to put HER first. I need people to be compassionate and help her put her life back together so that she can do something as simple as take a walk or comb her own hair in the morning. I need people to see her as I have seen her every day of my life: strong, beautiful, and deserving of love.
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