You wake up one day to darkness. Your claustrophobia sets in slowly, as does your oxygen loss. You’re inside a small wooden box shaped to fit your dimensions.
You hear people talking outside the wood. They are mourning you.
Then you hear your best friend, crying the loudest. She asks you, rhetorically, why you didn’t reblog that one post you did last year.
It takes you a moment to realize what she’s talking about. That post on Tumblr. The one where you told the reader, if you do not reblog it assume you are dead.
Alexocution: Watch me as I gravitate, haha ha hahaa
I had a thought just a while ago.
My Alexocution entries sometimes have the potential to be really controversial since I tend to type my unadulterated opinions (which can be rather opinionated), but there is no controversy because only like one or few people actually read them.
Now I don’t doubt that some of my opinions are stupid, but others I believe are meaningful, like when I talk about injustices and what is categorized suchly. Like, oh, it’s kind of too bad I didn’t type these words into a more specialized forum, maybe they could help someone make a point somewhere (‘cause I sure as Niflheim ain’t gonna make one).
But then on the other hand, maybe that’s a good thing? I mean, I don’t want to be popular or well-known or anything (at least, not for things like this…), but more importantly it is indicative of the underlying fact that I’m really insignificant in the grand scheme of opinion-speakers. On the other half of this metaphorical globe are other insignificant people with opinions in direct contrast to mine, who advocate blind chauvinism and sexism and other forms of ignorance. They don’t get a public voice either, and if I believed in a spiritual cosmic balance sort of deal that’d all even out.
I don’t of course, but it’s still something I think about. I think I don’t want to be well-known because many other people who are well-known have opinions I really don’t agree with, and I feel like if I were well-known I might get compared to them. This is a silly thing to think, especially since I practically just categorized myself as being in the same bucket as a whole bunch of people whose opinions I don’t agree with (those with no public voice), but at least then nobody has to know about it.
I forgot the point I was making?
Alexocution: Into the sea, you and me
This was something I talked to Jasmine about a while ago. I had a theory about something I’ve noticed being commonplace.
In movies and especially television shows, when there’s a married couple—usually parents, there’s a very typical trend. The husband will do something stupid (and often the husband is pretty stupid), and the wife will berate him very angrily. This is probably a trope on TVTropes. The dullard husband and annoyed wife, or something. Anyway, so, I wondered why this was so common in the media. I thought about it and realized the other side of that coin would be the woman doing something stupid and the husband berating her.
Now, husbands being angry at wives is always a bad thing, but it is especially so in media when the implication is that it can lead to domestic violence. So, oh, ah, obviously when the wife is angry, it’s okay because she is a woman and is consequently harmless.
I theorized that this is why angry wives is a thing in the media, well, that and stereotypes probably, but that’s another issue altogether. Women, and especially wives, are thought of as being powerless, so when they are angry at the men, it doesn’t matter. So it’s okay to show it.
I forgot the point I was making.
Alexocution: Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
I remember once, when me and Jasmine were walking through a mall or something, we saw what she described as a “gaggle of blonde girls” and she pointed out how they all looked basically the same. They were wearing different clothes and stuff, but basically they had the same hair and face and skin color.
They were, I realized, representative of the American “standard of beauty”—white, blonde, thin, heavy on the make-up, et cetera. But there’s another factor there, too. This supposed beauty seeks out itself, and that was probably why they were all hanging out in the first place.
So this made me realize something. This standard of beauty involves girls looking a particular way and they like being around other girls that also look that way, so they all look the same. Now, something else I had learned elsewhere was that one of the key ingredients to objectification [of women] is fungibility—that means, essentially, that the subject (object) is interchangeable with any other of its kind because they are the same.
Now put these things together, and you get that the standard of beauty is also a step toward objectification. Now, it doesn’t equal objectification, there’s more to it than that and obviously the girls aren’t actually interchangeable, but the point is that that’s where this seems to lead. Individuality is not stressed as being a good thing in our standard of beauty, but looking exactly like some vapid model is.
I don’t know, though. I never really studied any of this sort of thing, and I’m certainly not an expert on beauty or society’s view on it. This is just stuff I’ve come to think.
Also, what’s up with womannequins (I just thought of that) having high heels built into their feet? How’s that for a statement on how the media wants women to look?
Alexocution: I got rid of some dangerous animals, they just happened to look like people
At one point, for some reason I was thinking about Homestuck and imagining a fighting game using its characters. Supposing it becomes a broadly-popular thing (like, not just on the Internet), I can see this being likely. I was imagining it in a similar style to the Super Smash Bros. series.
If this does happen, one thing I want to vainly suggest is that Kankri’s “attacks” all be him saying things. I’m pretty sure he’s supposed to be a pacifist anyway, but the point was that speech as a weapon is funny (and probably makes sense in the context of the character in question).
On the subject of Super Smash Bros., when I was younger I always imagined the sequel to Super Smash Bros. Melee having two additional “hand” opponents—Dark Hand and Evil Hand. Dark Hand tended to use “fist” attacks that had that darkness element to them—opting to, for instance, “jump” across the board King K. Rool style as a fist for one attack and open up the fist to fire some shadowy orb for another. Evil Hand was atypical in that it had “smash” attacks which it charged before using to deal extra damage, threw giant fireballs in a style akin to Mario, and had a very deadly grab attack that dealt ludicrous damage but didn’t throw the victim.
Anyway, I’d be very surprised if those ideas ever became a thing, especially since I don’t think the handed-person controlling the games is a Hindu god. Still, I do at least hope that in the future games, the existing Master Hand and Crazy Hand get taunts they do when appropriate—Master Hand does a typical “V for victory” sign, and Crazy Hand makes a dog head shadow puppet style.