Altie, french woman, artist as a hobby, physicist, feminist, idealist, geek, dreamer, mother...

I mostly reblog art and fanart I love, and sometimes I post some art of my own, too.

And also feminism. And James McAvoy. For obvious reasons :)

 

darkimperialblue:

Hello there guys, I am doing commissions if anyone is interested.

Commissions are pretty much my only source of income, so yeah, if you’re unable to commission a signal boost would be appreciated c:.

I will draw pretty much anything (However that entirely depends on what you want me to draw).

If you want an additional character it will cost an additional 10$ (For each character), and for a detailed background it will cost an additional 15$ (No need to pay for a very simple background).

Please send an email to Darkimperialblue@hotmail.com if you wish to commission.

whimsycatcher:

I’m so happy to finally share these on tumblr! This is my set of illustrations for Reverie_Indigo’s fic, “PLAN B" (sequel to the must-read "A Lantern in the Dark”) as part of the 2014 After Camlann Big Bang Challenge. Links and details can be found HERE! /// (My Art Tag)

Summary: Canon AU. The Saxons have invaded! Armed with overwhelming force and superior magic, nothing can stand in their way - not even Arthur’s grand alliance and Merlin’s power. Only the greatest sacrifice can hope to stop the enemy from destroying Albion and the Golden Age Merlin has fought so hard for. And when Merlin has lost everything, only Arthur can rebuild Merlin’s broken spirit.

A quick Charles doodle… I don’t know if I’ll finish it one day. Perhaps I should add an Erik portrait beside to mirror it ?

A quick Charles doodle… I don’t know if I’ll finish it one day.
 Perhaps I should add an Erik portrait beside to mirror it ?

weearts:

James McAvoy Professor X concept sketch! Sporting a bald head and updated Cerebro (but I kept the goatee for style hehe). Love to see something like this in Xmen apocalypse movie. Cheers, thanks for looking!

weearts:

James McAvoy Professor X concept sketch! Sporting a bald head and updated Cerebro (but I kept the goatee for style hehe). Love to see something like this in Xmen apocalypse movie. Cheers, thanks for looking!

wavesheep:

scorpionhoney:

WIP of Uinen Calming Ossë

@heckofabecca requested me to draw Ulmo’s peeps 

I’ve drawn Uinen and Ossë plenty of times before in my sketchbooks but I’ve never gotten around to finishing anything more than sketches cause it’s just time consuming to put all the details I want in their designs. 

Uinen design is inspired mostly by one of my favorite little creatures the Manis Shrimp and Ossë’s is mostly inspired by octopus. 

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

mai-nyu:

Coral and the King, Part 1

Read Part 1 Here   Read Part 2 Here  Read Part 3 Here  Read Part 4 Here

Ta-da! Now you can read my really old comic I did many moons ago. It’s my first complete comic, so it has its faults, and it’s a little depressing and the dialogue may not be as logical or flowy as it could be but I put a lot of heart into it, so I hope you enjoy it u-u

Also, I’ll be selling 30 hand-bound copies of this comic at APE in SF! (They are signed and numbered and I probably won’t print these ever again because wow so old) So if you liked it, and would like one on your bookshelf, you should buy one !  *u* 

(also sorry for blurry images, indesign did a sucky export job and fixing 40 pages is too much work for me ._.)

The Failures of Emma Watson’s UN Speech

stirringwind:

the-middle-eastern-feminist:

Let’s engage in a critical analysis of Emma Watson speech given at the UN to raise awareness of the HeforShe Campaign.  

I want to start of by saying that I think it is WONDERFUL that her speech has gained so much support and love internationally; it is also so wonderful that her speech has inspired so many, particularly those who were on the fence about feminism; not to mention that it might have made a large number of people to think twice or start considering how they can support gender equality. Pragmatically it is a good thing. It was a speech targeted towards men, which the HeforShe  campaign represents.  Please do not confuse this as an attack on Emma Watson, but rather a critique of a politicized, pre-packaged, delivery of a feminist speech.

But this space, The Middle Eastern Feminist, is a critical space for women of colour who face oppression across racial, class, gender, and religious boundaries- none of which Emma Watson represents or lives on a daily basis. By being critical and highlighting the problematic nature of Emma Watson’s speech and her as a political agent, white feminists on the page can gain more insight of the ways in which women of colour feel silenced and misrepresented by such powerful feminist figures who speak for them. As such, Emma Watson does not speak to me, for me or represent me!

As a woman of colour the speech was VERY problematic for a number of reasons:

1)      Emma made no effort to acknowledge her IMMENSE privileges. For instance, she is a very young, VERY attractive, VERY successful, White, able bodied, cis gendered, heterosexual, thin privileged woman whose net worth exceeds 60 MILLION DOLLARS!!!

2)      She spoke of and about women of colour in a detrimental way. For instance, she spoke of her disappointment at being called bossy when she wanted to lead and direct plays when she was 8. We acknowledge the negative impacts of such social values on young girls and their self-worth. But for MILLIONS of other 8 year olds across the world, they face the prospect of being forced into child marriages or giving birth, going hungry so that the boys in the family can be fed, having to become carers and carry the burden of supporting and helping their mothers and essentially never experiencing a childhood. This is not to say that white women’s experiences are not relevant or important. Feminism is important everywhere, but it is too often white privileged feminists who are given a voice to express their values; and it is too often the 8 year old child brides whose voices are lost.  Instead, it is the stunningly beautiful, poised, well-spoken actress who speaks about her experience as if merely speaking of the child brides experiences is enough to give justice to the experiences of a child. Too often it is privileged women who speak of cultural practices that they have little awareness or experience of.

3)      I want feminist leaders to be women who have lived the lives of the most oppressed, most marginalized elements of society. I am sorry to say, but Emma Watson is a deeply privileged woman who is a member of the global social elite. Her privileges allowed her the opportunity to have the privilege of speaking at the UN forum. Her privileges continue to demarcate her from the deeply oppressed- those she speaks for and about, but who remain unseen and unheard.  This hardly helps to humanize the silent victims.

4)      Her presentation and delivery was widely deemed to be wonderful, ground-breaking, passionate and concerned. And no doubt she felt those words deeply. Yet, her quivering voice, her ultra-femininity, her stunning looks, her exceptionally groomed appearances served to cater to male audiences and gaze, by appeasing them that here is a stunning, fragile, young feminist who is not a lesbian, not hairy, not ugly, not a spinster, not loud and angry and threatening-  making a heartfelt, feminine, genuine, empathetic and non-aggressive request, a plea almost, to the male audiences.  This defeats EVERYTHING that we have been trying to do by saying that we do not owe society to be pretty, to be soft spoken, to gently request in a feminine quivering voice, rather than demand power, demand liberation, demand human rights! It caters to everything that the patriarchy has conditioned us to believe, that we can have a voice so long as we aren’t too loud; or that we will be taken more seriously if we are conventionally attractive. Emma Watson is inadvertently and unwittingly reforging the mould that we have worked so hard as feminists to break and challenge; THIS is why it is essential that feminist leaders are aware of the long, proud and incredibly successful history of feminist work, activism and academia- she failed to realize that she was standing on the shoulders of giants.

5)      Following the above, the speech and the presentation, the political agent that is Emma Watson delivered a very bubblegummy, hollywoody, male gaze catering, soft, liberal feminist ideal, one that was not challenging or threatening to the patriarchy.  

6)      I find it disturbing that as a woman of colour we are expected to display a high degree of deference and gratitude to Emma Watson, a white privileged woman- a woman whose life and experiences bears ZERO resemblance to our lives.

7)      What would have been “ground-breaking”, “mind-blowing” and “revolutionary”, was having a child bride from Myanmar, or a women who might have escaped an honour killing or a woman who has been maimed by acid attacks because she refused a suitor, or a woman of colour, a woman who had legitimacy by virtue of her long commitment to feminism as opposed to just her popularity as an actress, or her level of attractiveness or enunciation skills, speak at the UN forum instead.  I want a woman who grew up in Africa, who speaks with a broken English but speaks of the need to help stop child marriages because she has seen too many of her sisters forced into marriage at the age of 8,9 or 10 when many girls like her should be challenging her peers to lead and direct a play. I want a polyglot that learned to speak several languages because she was a refugee and a child of war. I am not interested in beautiful women who speak to me about the need to save a million girls in that continent over there, about a life and experiences she could only be paid to imagine in her movie roles. I wanted a woman to speak to me with a quivering voice born of carrying an unheard story and of injustices that can never be unseen. 

8) there was also a vague passing comment about challenging the gender binary, there was little to no effort to challenge the cis gendered, heteronormative structure. Ignoring some of the most marginalized groups in the world is hardly revolutionary or ground-breaking.

I get where you are coming from and I appreciate presenting a different POV, but I cannot disagree more with some of your points, as a fellow person who isn’t “white”:

edit: And I’m pretty sure she did acknowledge her privilege. She said she was fortunate to have parents who didn’t care about her gender and that she was “lucky” to have the upbringing she did. 

1. This world is not perfect. 

"I want feminist leaders to be women who have lived the lives of the most oppressed, most marginalized elements of society. I am sorry to say, but Emma Watson is a deeply privileged woman who is a member of the global social elite."

  • That’s…just wrong. The practical realities of the world are that people like Emma, has a gigantic megaphone precisely because she’s privileged. It helps that she can speak fluent English. Nobody pays attention to us if we can’t communicate in one of the most-widely spoken language. It helps that she’s famous. Whatever she says or tweets would be seen by more people than whatever I write on my blog. People think she’s beautiful and brilliant, so they pay attention to her. Yes, she may not be able to understand EVERYTHING others go through, but I am GLAD she is using the soft power her popularity and fame has granted her to speak out for worthy causes and to describe the experiences of others. Obviously, it would be best if they could describe it themselves but they usually don’t get to precisely because they’re oppressed. At least a few more people know about it because Emma talked about them.
  • I am glad we have people like Malala. More people like Malala would be great. But I am also glad we have people like Emma- who, by speaking about feminism, are also saying, "just because I’m privileged and it protects me from the worst of gender inequality doesn’t mean I can not care or bother about feminism.”
  • It’s fine if you’re not interested in listening to a beautiful, privileged young woman speak because you feel she doesn’t understand everything you’ve gone through. But you don’t need to be converted. You’re already a feminist. You don’t need to feel “grateful” to her specifically. Shouldn’t we just be glad other people who might be “psh feminists are man-haters” are sitting up and paying attention because it’s Emma? That’s one way we get more support. I’ve never seen us as having the luxury to reject support from high-profile advocates. As long as Emma doesn’t hijack the movement I am fine with her using her position to advocate for feminism. 

2. Feminism is not about rejecting traditional ideas of femininity like being well-groomed, wearing dresses or speaking with a quivering voice. 

"Yet, her quivering voice, her ultra-femininity, her stunning looks, her exceptionally groomed appearances served to cater to male audiences and gaze, by appeasing them that here is a stunning, fragile, young feminist who is not a lesbian, not hairy, not ugly, not a spinster, not loud and angry and threatening-  making a heartfelt, feminine, genuine, empathetic and non-aggressive request, a plea almost, to the male audiences."

Feminism is about saying THAT’S not the only way you have to behave to be considered “feminine”. You can wear dresses and still be a woman. You can hate dresses and wear pants and you’re still a woman. That women- and men, by extension, don’t have to adhere to a set of rigidly-defined behaviour or mannerisms to pass some sort of test to prove their gender credentials. It’s a tad ironic you’re criticising Emma for this, when I’m guessing she’s well-groomed and the way she speaks is just WHO she is! I don’t think is very valid, because it’s not as though let’s say some Muslim feminist or Somali feminist who normally wears her headscarf or traditional African dress completely changed her appearance and mannerisms to be more “Western” to speak before this audience. 

  • If we’re going to think activism has to be synonymous with not being soft-spoken, being aggressive, loud and not caring if you sound threatening, aren’t you subscribing to the patriarchy’s ideas- which thinks THAT is the only form power exists in? That is the root of the reason we have so much violence in this world, where a black American president is called “effete” and derided as being “weak” just because he favoured diplomacy with Iran instead of joining the mindless cheerleading for war? Where female politicians feel they need to be hawkish and ruthless and not appear empathetic lest they get accused of being emotional or weak? That only loudness and by extension, militancy, are seen as “power”? 

3. Oppression isn’t a contest. I do not deny Emma cannot understand what child brides face, but that is not a good reason to say she shouldn’t speak at the forum. She is a woman. There are certainly other perspectives she brings which are very relevant-she, as an actress, is in a position to affect how women are portrayed by choosing to take well-written roles for women. She has a good idea of how the Western movie industry works- that same, immensely powerful industry that perpetuates sexism all over the world but has the potential to change minds if they change how they portray women. 

  • Emma speaking doesn’t mean people like Malala or other women who are actually more severely marginalised don’t get to speak. They do. Malala has addressed the UN herself. I am glad we have all of them. Yes, her perspective is limited by her privilege, but I don’t think she “Set back” the movement because what she did was to reach a few more people who might not have listened. And slowly, these people will be open to other ideas because Emma provided an assessible voice who they felt comfortable listening to. They will listen eventually, perhaps, to others who less embody the traditional ideas of femininity.
  • I’m all for allowing a fierce, unapologetic speech from a lesbian woman, from a woman who isn’t conventionally attractive like Emma, who isn’t white, who isn’t cis for speaking. They shouldn’t have to change their appearance. But Emma too shouldn’t have to change who she is and how she presents herself to have feminist credentials. That’s…just going back to patriarchy which feels power can only be bound up with aggression.

ca-tsuka:

1st teaser for Freak Kitchen animated music video directed by Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad, Disney) and animated at french Fortiche Prod studio (Gorillaz, League of Legends), thanks to Kickstarter :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtmbAwyDm4s

thispainshallpassaway:

the-goddamazon:

kayethepterodactyl:

la-trinite-fatal:

fatbodypolitics:

casual-isms:

activistaabsentee:

madonnax:

June 1987, Madonna was rushed to the Cedars Sinai hospital for an X-ray after her then-husbandSean Penn hit her across the head with a baseball bat. At the time, they had been having a heart-to-heart talk about reconciling.

Madonna did not make an official complaint because Penn was about to serve a short jail term for attacking a film extra and violating the probation he’d been given for punching a fan. It was a decision she would come to regret. In the late afternoon of December 28, 1988, Penn scaled the wall surrounding the Malibu house and found Madonna alone in the master bedroom.

According to a report filed by Madonna with the Malibu sheriff’s office, the two began to quarrel. Penn told her he owned her “lock, stock and barrel”. When she told him she was leaving the house, he tried to bind her hands with an electric cord. Screaming and afraid, Madonna fled from the bedroom. Penn chased her into the living room, caught her and bound her to a chair with heavy twine. Then he threatened to shave her hair. Penn was “drinking liquor straight from the bottle” and the abuse went on for nine hours, during which he smacked and forced Madonna to perform a “degrading sex act” on him.

He went out to buy more alcohol, leaving Madonna bound and gagged. Some hours later, he returned and continued his attacks, then finally untied her. Madonna then fled the house and ran to her car. Penn ran after her and was banging on the windows of her Thunderbird while she spoke to police on her mobile phone. Fifteen minutes later, she staggered into the sheriff’s office.

Wow. I had no idea this had ever happened. Makes me look at Sean Penn a lot differently, even if he’s a more stable less ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING person now…

Friendly reminder that Sean Penn and other abusive white celebrities are not demonized the way that Chris Brown is and when Rihanna said she still loved Chris Brown people were ready to hang her. But Madonna gets all the sympathy in the world.
#double standard

The bold.

For the bold. Madonna was bound and tortured for nine hours by Sean Penn. Not a peep to the media. 

I think it’s overstating it to say Madonna gets all the sympathy in the world. She absolutely does not. Mostly because public consciousness has completely swept Sean Penn’s abuse under the rug.

No one remembers that Sean Penn tortured and raped Madonna. No one remembers that long before that he was physically abusing her (for YEARS). That’s something that people have to keep reminding us of every few years because we keep saying stuff like, “but Sean Penn’s changed now!”

With Chris Brown and Rihanna, Rihanna is held to the higher standard of Abuse Survivor because now no one can see her as anything else. She’s not a person dealing with a trauma and moving on with her life, she’s the Example - when Rihanna dresses sexily she’s asking for more abuse, when Rihanna says she still loves Chris Brown she’s an idiot who’s asking for more abuse, when Rihanna gets a tattoo she’s i don’t even know what the critics were saying about that one but it was something about not coping and needing to serious help idk tmz is awful - Madonna can do the same things over and over again and to the media it’s just another artistic choice. Because there’s no context to spin her choices as anything other than for herself.

Is that better? I don’t know, I mean lord knows the way Rihanna’s been treated is fucking disgusting and no one should be treated like that, but having it come at the cost of anyone acknowledging your experience sounds awful as well.

Hell the reaction to the above confession was more like, “oooo that’s so sweet, theirs is such a tragic love” as if Sean Penn being the literal scum of the earth is an uncontrollable fate. No one’s criticizing Madonna because no one actually thinks she was wronged. We treat Madonna and Sean Penn like Romeo and Juliet - two over passionate people with a tragic love.

What it actually is is we romanticize abuse in white couples, while using abuse in black couples as further “proof” that black people are violent. White people get Greek tragedies black people get “well you should have known better.” Both are methods of victim blaming that stops victims from getting help and just allows more men to abuse women, but one of them also feeds into systematic racism.

The bolded is the issue. People romanticize abusive relationships with white couples so much.

"Oh their love was so torrid and tragic!"

Like shut up. Sean Penn is trash and will always be trash. I didn’t cry during “I Am Sam”, that’s how trash he is.

Fuck Sean Penn, and anyone who supports him

wantstobelieve:

image

Young Loki; green-eyed, mist-born

ice-spear in one hand

stag-hunting come dawn

streak of shade on a bone-pale land. 

subtilior:

dwaroxxx:


Shoot me, Xavier, and run.

Too old to die young, Logan, for 9 11 10

This is everything I never knew I wanted, and an unbelievably awesome lift to my day, so: thank you THANK YOU dwaroxxx!
Seriously: the eyes! the “double-dog-dare” expression! The outfit! Logan being A Boss! My day is made. 

subtilior:

dwaroxxx:

Shoot me, Xavier, and run.

Too old to die young, Logan, for 9 11 10

This is everything I never knew I wanted, and an unbelievably awesome lift to my day, so: thank you THANK YOU dwaroxxx!

Seriously: the eyes! the “double-dog-dare” expression! The outfit! Logan being A Boss! My day is made.