A while ago, I wrote a long-ass article about a certain animated movie’s less-than-stellar treatment of its female character designs. It was not the first, last, or most popular post on the subject, but it did get over 19,000 notes, which is about 18,900 notes more than I thought it would get. By now, everyone is sick to death of hearing about Frozen, and especially about how all the women look the same. So rest assured that I’m not here today to talk about Frozen again.
Instead, I’m here to talk about The Book of Life.
People seem to be getting pretty hyped about this movie, and why shouldn’t they? It’s a film about Mexican culture with an actual Mexican director, and the visual style is certainly a far cry from anything that Disney has ever done. But upon my first viewing of the trailer, I couldn’t help but notice something.
Once again, all of the female characters have the Exact Same Face.
Okay, when I say the Exact Same Face, I don’t mean that their faces are literally exactly the same. What I do mean that if the only difference between their faces is that one has slightly more curved eyes on the top, or one has their nose and mouth placed four millimeters lower, than we have a problem…especially when the male characters look like this:
Last time, we examined why Sameface Syndrome occurs (hint: it’s not about laziness!) and I explained that it’s much more common for it to happen to women than men, since it’s tied to female beauty standards. But what exactly are those beauty standards, and why does the ubiquitous Exact Same Face appear across films and studios in a similar form every time?
Friends, welcome to the wonderful world of gender dimorphism.
I still really want to see Book of Life, but the women in this movie are so homogenous it’s confusing. Every time I’ve seen La Muerte in the promotional materials my brain immediately registered her as Maria with a painted face.
… Wait, it’s not?? 8T WELP.
This is why I hate sameface so much. It’s really irritating and honestly unnecessary. Not to mention, it’s a bit insulting to dudes as well as ladies. “Well, we figure you’re not smart enough to distinguish ‘girl’ from ‘dude’ unless the chicks all look the same, so here’s a basic female archetype so you know which characters are girls. Also you’re probably super petty and won’t watch our movie unless all our girls fall into the aforementioned basic pretty female archetype.”
I LIVED ON THIS PLANET FOR 27 YEARS THINKING KIWI BIRDS WERE THE SIZE OF SPARROWS.
I KNOW, RIGHT? A friend of mine and I went to the Museum of Natural History in DC recently and were checking out all the cool skeletons. When we got to the birds we were like “wait what” when we saw the kiwi’s. I had always thought they were like… softball sized, but apparently really they’re more like dodgeball or volleyball sized. Very weird. :U
a cool cat to catch mice.
I always felt so bad for Tom, because half the time, he’d be doing his own thing and then Jerry would instigate shit. But no matter who started it, Tom was pretty much always the one who ended up with the short end of the stick. Even as a kid, I always just sort of thought that was monstrously unfair. (I mean, don’t get me wrong, I know Tom’s no saint and that the other half of the time it WAS him that started it… but seriously man, this cat could not catch a break.)
"Tyra ain’t got nothing on this SMIZE", said @official_sokka. Well, he’s right. WERK!
Supermodel Tyra Banks has shared a fanart of Sokka on her Instagram account.
Link to photo: instagram.com/p/rFbyrdKQK-
It’s official: Sokka is 2fierce4u. XD Beautiful fanart! I love it when celebs are just people with fandom interests too, hahahaha. I imagine she is all about Korra and Asami as well!
So last night I posted my pictures of my Bill Cipher jack o’lantern. I’d lit him right before my dad came home so he could see him in all his alight glory. I woke up this morning and my phone was like yaaay tumblr notes! Senpai noticed me!! And then I peeped outside because there were tornado siren warnings going off and HIS CANDLE WAS STILL BURNING. BILL, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? WHAT HAVE WE UNLEASHED WITH OUR ATTENTION?
Me: Hmmm, what should I carve for my jack o’lantern this year? I like to be topical with my interests-
Bill: I THINK I KNOW A GUY!
Me: …. Perfect.
So basically y’all can blame (or thank) Modmad for this one, as Gravity Falls had always been on my To-Watch list, but her Sock Opera alternate ending and Night of the Hunter mashups bumped it up to Immediate Priority. Sooo now I’m obsessed with it. Enjoy my potentially possessed pumpkin. I didn’t bother wiping off the sharpie from when I sketched him out to carve because it makes him a bit more obvious in the daytime. Hopefully he’ll survive til Halloween, but if not, hey! Bill 2.0 will get carved later in the month, haha.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL I AM SO PUMPED FOR AMERICA.
IT’S A BIRTHDAY MIRACLE!!!!!
WHERE ARE WE GOING TODAY?
WHERE SHALL WE EXPLORE? :D
I WANT ONE!!!!!
*High pitched dog whistle gasping scream*
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