Ferguson from my TL- August 18 (2/3)

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Maslany has to shoot some of her most challenging scenes opposite a tennis ball or a mark on a wall. “I can’t look down by an inch or else the eyeline’s off, and I’m looking at my nose, or I’ve put a glass of water through my face. It’s specific, technical things that I’m keeping track of. And that I have to be present the same way that I would be if there was an actor next to me. Except now I have to imagine the actor next to me.”

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THE BEND AND SNAP AS A FIGHTING TECHNIQUE 

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super-hero-confessions:





I don’t want there to be an Agent Carter TV series.
You see when I first saw Captain America: The First Avenger I quite liked it. I didn’t think it was one of the best superhero movies that I’d ever seen but I left the theater happy with the overall product and excited for what would come next.
One of the things I liked most about the movie was Peggy Carter. I thought she was just the right amount of tough, determined, sympathetic and slightly bumbling.Even though her role really was mostly that of the obligatory eye candy/’no-our-superhero-isn’t-gay-see-he likes-this-lady’/a prelude to Sharon Carter, I liked her. I really liked that she was also part of the Strategic Scientific Reserve and thus was working closely with the army.
What I especially liked about her was that she occasionally had to do some fighting, and that she wasn’t extraordinary at it! She was just good. There is a trope called the Exceptional Woman or Exceptional Woman Syndrome, where at least one female (sometimes its Exceptional Women as you’ll see in a minute) character in an action or political setting is AWESOME AND THE BEST and the rest are nonexistent, while only men get to be there and be average. (One good example of this trope can be found in Star Wars where Leia is the only important woman in the whole first series and she’s shown as being much smarter and more capable than most of the men.) In most of the past superhero movies the female characters usually fell onto the categories of either A) not a gun user but very strong through intelligence, heart, courage, etc. or B) THEY KNOW HOW TO FIGHT AND WHOO-WHEE THEY’RE THE BEST AT IT. Look at Natasha/Black Widow. Look at most of the action girls in any action movie; there’s usually just one and that one girl is considered to be one of the all-time best in that stories’ universe, while there are many male characters who are allowed to just be competent. What I loved about Peggy was that she didn’t fit into that trope. She had two fight scenes where she was firing her gun at enemies and that was it. She didn’t come with Steve on his mission to find Bucky and the other soldiers because she knew that it was way, way beyond her capability to help him. She wasn’t recruited to join the Howling Commandos because she wasn’t in their league. Peggy was the woman who’d avoided becoming The Exceptional Woman. I found that so refreshing that I actually considered going to see the movie again in theaters so I could enjoy her scenes and her competent-but-not-extraordinary-skills all over again.
What I did instead of that was look up various interviews with Hayley Atwell regarding the role. One of the first ones I found she made a comment that kind of threw me off. I’m paraphrasing as I can’t remember her exact words but she said that Peggy was nearly as capable of saving Steve as he was of saving her. I thought it was odd that she said that but I shrugged it off and assumed it was for marketing reasons to attract more women. I went on through a couple other interviews of hers, liking a lot of what she said but also frustrated by some of the other comments she made. One thing she said was that Peggy ‘doesn’t really need to be rescued’ and all I could think in response to that was ‘Well yeah she doesn’t go on any very dangerous missions that require her to be rescued, otherwise she definitely would’, not because she’s a woman, but because she’s not the Exceptional Woman and thus isn’t the strongest person in or assisting the army after Captain America, the Howling Commandos and Chester Phillips.
I became very disappointed by just how much Peggy’s capabilities were being talked up behind the scenes. To me her character was no longer the beautifully competent Strategic Scientific Reserve Officer but a faux action girl version of the exceptional woman. I felt cheated. I liked Natasha as the extraordinary woman fighter, I knew Maria Hill and Sharon Carter would be coming in as great woman fighters and I liked the idea of Peggy being the one that was just good, it made her more relatable. Even the official character power grids listed Peggy as having a 3 or 4 in fighting skills while the above three mentioned (especially Natasha) each had scores a good deal higher. What was wrong with Peggy just being average but also brave, intelligent and determined? Because that didn’t make her ‘worthy’ of Captain America’s affection? Because Steve is now some arrogant God-like figure that couldn’t possibly be attracted to anything less than the Exceptional Woman, and thus Peggy had to be made out to be one so she could be his trophy girl?
I was kind of angry by that point because not only was that cheapening Peggy as a character but Steve as well. Never mind that in the comics Steve has dated quite a few girls who were neither gunman nor the Exceptional Woman in their respective career paths. When I eventually watched Captain America again I couldn’t enjoy any of Peggy’s scenes or her moments with Steve anymore. She had been gutted of what made her so appealing to me to begin with.
I recently got to see the Agent Carter one-shot and I liked it. That was the Peggy that I had liked from the beginning; one who was brave and willing to take a risk taking on a mission that would require a bit of luck and careful planning in order for her to pull it off because she didn’t have the strength to do it otherwise. She was able to surprise and take out Zodiac’s gunmen. She got what she came to get, was nearly killed by Zodiac (who has the average strength of a full grown man) but was able to defeat him thanks to her conveniently located trunk of tools.
Seeing her succeed through competence and luck made me so happy; but then I got pissed all over again when I heard they wanted to make a series around her. I get that empowering a woman in that time period is a bit different from empowering a woman in the present day but still there are plenty of other,better and more skilled comic book candidates to make a TV series about. Off the top of my head: Jacqueline Falsworth, Madeline Joyce, Mary Mitchell, Elizabeth Barstow, Betsy Ross, and Mary Morgan are all women from that time period in the comics who have some form of combat skills and bonusthey all have superhero identities! Or don’t go the superhero route and let us get to know Tony’s mother Maria, Nick Fury Jr’s. mother Nia or Agent Cynthia Glass. I would watch the hell out of a show starring any of them, but not one with Peggy. She was the progressive woman in that she got to be a love interest and kick ass with a gun as an AVERAGE Agent.
I wish Hayley and the rest had just sold her exactly as she was, instead of talking her abilities up. I wish they’d said ‘She’s not some one woman fighting platoon the way Black Widow was in Iron Man 2. She’s by no means one of the best at her job but she is good. She works hard, has good aim and is willing to take some big risks for the greater good’.
Because that should have been enough.





*applause*
because there is no reason why the person given to us at first glance was more than enough to be an inspiration and a story on her own. 

Let’s start off with a few things.
One: “and that she wasn’t extraordinary at it”
The wrong thing about this is that she only actually has one real action scene which is when she TAKES DOWN THE ENEMY WITH THE FLAME THROWER WITH A MACHINE GUN. I don’t know what movie you watched but deeming that as “not that impressive or good” then…I don’t know what to tell you. Like. I just. What. The enemy had a flame thrower and she came in with a machine gun, placed every goddamn shot, and destroyed. That’s far better than good.
Second wrong thing here - while one in an action or political setting is AWESOME AND THE BEST and the rest are nonexistent. Well. Peggy is literally the ONLY female (aside from Lorraine, who honestly pisses me off because she was literally thrown in there for zero reason), and that’s actually pretty damn accurate to the time period itself.
Third - Um. I don’t know what stats you’re looking at, perhaps strictly MCU stats, but Peggy Carter has (and always has been) considered, at the least an expert marksman if not a master marksman. Sorry, that’s canon, honey.
(Note that she only actually has one real fight scene with the gun, the other is her charging in and the one in agent carter isn’t actually her fighting it’s her having gauged the door for where to shoot it to then slide her little gas can through)
Why didn’t she come on the mission with Steve to save Bucky? It wasn’t because she knew it was above her skill level, jfc hell no, the woman had been living in Johann Schmidt’s house during the war and experienced much worse than what she would’ve experienced at the hydra camp. No she didn’t go on that mission simply because she knew it wasn’t her place, and that SOMEONE had to be back at the camp to answer, and she wasn’t just about to leave Howard Stark behind to do that. Besides she trusted in Steve’s capability to do the mission alone.
Why wasn’t she recruited into the Howling Commandos? How about because she already had secured a very necessary position assisting the Army and while she could have so easily been a Commando she UNDERSTOOD THAT SHE HAD A GOOD, NICE, POSITION ALREADY. Not that she couldn’t do it. Hell the woman would have likely rather have been in the field than anywhere else, but she understood, and she also understood that while she was an expert marksman she was far better at other things (specifically in the MCU where they’ve fleshed her out data analysis and codebreaking).
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owesmeadance:

betweenthetights:

super-hero-confessions:

I don’t want there to be an Agent Carter TV series.

You see when I first saw Captain America: The First Avenger I quite liked it. I didn’t think it was one of the best superhero movies that I’d ever seen but I left the theater happy with the overall product and excited for what would come next.

One of the things I liked most about the movie was Peggy Carter. I thought she was just the right amount of tough, determined, sympathetic and slightly bumbling.Even though her role really was mostly that of the obligatory eye candy/’no-our-superhero-isn’t-gay-see-he likes-this-lady’/a prelude to Sharon Carter, I liked her. I really liked that she was also part of the Strategic Scientific Reserve and thus was working closely with the army.

What I especially liked about her was that she occasionally had to do some fighting, and that she wasn’t extraordinary at it! She was just good. There is a trope called the Exceptional Woman or Exceptional Woman Syndrome, where at least one female (sometimes its Exceptional Women as you’ll see in a minute) character in an action or political setting is AWESOME AND THE BEST and the rest are nonexistent, while only men get to be there and be average. (One good example of this trope can be found in Star Wars where Leia is the only important woman in the whole first series and she’s shown as being much smarter and more capable than most of the men.) In most of the past superhero movies the female characters usually fell onto the categories of either A) not a gun user but very strong through intelligence, heart, courage, etc. or B) THEY KNOW HOW TO FIGHT AND WHOO-WHEE THEY’RE THE BEST AT IT. Look at Natasha/Black Widow. Look at most of the action girls in any action movie; there’s usually just one and that one girl is considered to be one of the all-time best in that stories’ universe, while there are many male characters who are allowed to just be competent. What I loved about Peggy was that she didn’t fit into that trope. She had two fight scenes where she was firing her gun at enemies and that was it. She didn’t come with Steve on his mission to find Bucky and the other soldiers because she knew that it was way, way beyond her capability to help him. She wasn’t recruited to join the Howling Commandos because she wasn’t in their league. Peggy was the woman who’d avoided becoming The Exceptional Woman. I found that so refreshing that I actually considered going to see the movie again in theaters so I could enjoy her scenes and her competent-but-not-extraordinary-skills all over again.

What I did instead of that was look up various interviews with Hayley Atwell regarding the role. One of the first ones I found she made a comment that kind of threw me off. I’m paraphrasing as I can’t remember her exact words but she said that Peggy was nearly as capable of saving Steve as he was of saving her. I thought it was odd that she said that but I shrugged it off and assumed it was for marketing reasons to attract more women. I went on through a couple other interviews of hers, liking a lot of what she said but also frustrated by some of the other comments she made. One thing she said was that Peggy ‘doesn’t really need to be rescued’ and all I could think in response to that was ‘Well yeah she doesn’t go on any very dangerous missions that require her to be rescued, otherwise she definitely would’, not because she’s a woman, but because she’s not the Exceptional Woman and thus isn’t the strongest person in or assisting the army after Captain America, the Howling Commandos and Chester Phillips.

I became very disappointed by just how much Peggy’s capabilities were being talked up behind the scenes. To me her character was no longer the beautifully competent Strategic Scientific Reserve Officer but a faux action girl version of the exceptional woman. I felt cheated. I liked Natasha as the extraordinary woman fighter, I knew Maria Hill and Sharon Carter would be coming in as great woman fighters and I liked the idea of Peggy being the one that was just good, it made her more relatable. Even the official character power grids listed Peggy as having a 3 or 4 in fighting skills while the above three mentioned (especially Natasha) each had scores a good deal higher. What was wrong with Peggy just being average but also brave, intelligent and determined? Because that didn’t make her ‘worthy’ of Captain America’s affection? Because Steve is now some arrogant God-like figure that couldn’t possibly be attracted to anything less than the Exceptional Woman, and thus Peggy had to be made out to be one so she could be his trophy girl?

I was kind of angry by that point because not only was that cheapening Peggy as a character but Steve as well. Never mind that in the comics Steve has dated quite a few girls who were neither gunman nor the Exceptional Woman in their respective career paths. When I eventually watched Captain America again I couldn’t enjoy any of Peggy’s scenes or her moments with Steve anymore. She had been gutted of what made her so appealing to me to begin with.

I recently got to see the Agent Carter one-shot and I liked it. That was the Peggy that I had liked from the beginning; one who was brave and willing to take a risk taking on a mission that would require a bit of luck and careful planning in order for her to pull it off because she didn’t have the strength to do it otherwise. She was able to surprise and take out Zodiac’s gunmen. She got what she came to get, was nearly killed by Zodiac (who has the average strength of a full grown man) but was able to defeat him thanks to her conveniently located trunk of tools.

Seeing her succeed through competence and luck made me so happy; but then I got pissed all over again when I heard they wanted to make a series around her. I get that empowering a woman in that time period is a bit different from empowering a woman in the present day but still there are plenty of other,better and more skilled comic book candidates to make a TV series about. Off the top of my head: Jacqueline Falsworth, Madeline Joyce, Mary Mitchell, Elizabeth Barstow, Betsy Ross, and Mary Morgan are all women from that time period in the comics who have some form of combat skills and bonusthey all have superhero identities! Or don’t go the superhero route and let us get to know Tony’s mother Maria, Nick Fury Jr’s. mother Nia or Agent Cynthia Glass. I would watch the hell out of a show starring any of them, but not one with Peggy. She was the progressive woman in that she got to be a love interest and kick ass with a gun as an AVERAGE Agent.

I wish Hayley and the rest had just sold her exactly as she was, instead of talking her abilities up. I wish they’d said ‘She’s not some one woman fighting platoon the way Black Widow was in Iron Man 2. She’s by no means one of the best at her job but she is good. She works hard, has good aim and is willing to take some big risks for the greater good’.

Because that should have been enough.

*applause*

because there is no reason why the person given to us at first glance was more than enough to be an inspiration and a story on her own. 

Let’s start off with a few things.

One: “and that she wasn’t extraordinary at it”

The wrong thing about this is that she only actually has one real action scene which is when she TAKES DOWN THE ENEMY WITH THE FLAME THROWER WITH A MACHINE GUN. I don’t know what movie you watched but deeming that as “not that impressive or good” then…I don’t know what to tell you. Like. I just. What. The enemy had a flame thrower and she came in with a machine gun, placed every goddamn shot, and destroyed. That’s far better than good.

Second wrong thing here - while one in an action or political setting is AWESOME AND THE BEST and the rest are nonexistent. Well. Peggy is literally the ONLY female (aside from Lorraine, who honestly pisses me off because she was literally thrown in there for zero reason), and that’s actually pretty damn accurate to the time period itself.

Third - Um. I don’t know what stats you’re looking at, perhaps strictly MCU stats, but Peggy Carter has (and always has been) considered, at the least an expert marksman if not a master marksman. Sorry, that’s canon, honey.

(Note that she only actually has one real fight scene with the gun, the other is her charging in and the one in agent carter isn’t actually her fighting it’s her having gauged the door for where to shoot it to then slide her little gas can through)

Why didn’t she come on the mission with Steve to save Bucky? It wasn’t because she knew it was above her skill level, jfc hell no, the woman had been living in Johann Schmidt’s house during the war and experienced much worse than what she would’ve experienced at the hydra camp. No she didn’t go on that mission simply because she knew it wasn’t her place, and that SOMEONE had to be back at the camp to answer, and she wasn’t just about to leave Howard Stark behind to do that. Besides she trusted in Steve’s capability to do the mission alone.

Why wasn’t she recruited into the Howling Commandos? How about because she already had secured a very necessary position assisting the Army and while she could have so easily been a Commando she UNDERSTOOD THAT SHE HAD A GOOD, NICE, POSITION ALREADY. Not that she couldn’t do it. Hell the woman would have likely rather have been in the field than anywhere else, but she understood, and she also understood that while she was an expert marksman she was far better at other things (specifically in the MCU where they’ve fleshed her out data analysis and codebreaking).

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It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling— that really hollowed-out feeling. —J.K. Rowling (via wordsnquotes)

WHAT IF AUCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, role swap (Sharon, Steve, Bucky, Natasha)

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Please take one minute out of your day and watch this. It’s the ugly truth.

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I did not think she would go there but then she did I literally screamed YAAAAAASSSSS BITCH DRAG THEM LIKE YOU’RE TRYNA WALK A CAT

oh shit

sunvapor asked: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

clehmentine:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

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