Tag: Quote

-isms, how subtle they still appear.

by on Sep.02, 2011, under Articles, Comics, Culture, Films, Television, Visual Media

How media clearly reflects the sexism and the racism we cannot see in ourselves. [coelasquid.tumblr.com / www.feministe.us]

The creator of the webcomic Manly Guys Doing Manly Things re-blogged an article by a film teacher, who did an interesting study.

It works like this: I bring in my giant file of head shots, which include actors of all races, sizes, shapes, ages, and experience levels. Each student picks a head shot from the stack and gets a few minutes to sit with the person’s face and then make up a little story about them.

What she finds isn’t so surprising to me but it might be to you. Headshots of white men are the most fleshed out, often assuming main character status. Women are primarily identified by their relationships with other cast members. Minorities are more often relegated to minor roles, or antagonistic roles. This is done by students of all races, in classrooms of equal gender mixes, but even if that weren’t the case, the fact is, it is happening.

Sexism, racism, and bigotry aren’t something you always do with intention and historically never were. Good rational people espoused beliefs in the superiority/inferiority of one race or one gender because that’s what society taught them. In this day an age, our media is our society, and it teaches us, indirectly, that certain types of sexism and racism is still okay.

But it isn’t.

For you creative types out there, I challenge you to keep this in mind. I challenge you to challenge the people who might stop you from creating works that really will teach our society that it shouldn’t matter your race or gender, that each person should be evaluated as a person first.

And now I’ll leave you with a stunning quote from the article:

“You said she was a mom. Was she born a mom, or did she maybe do something else with her life before her magic womb opened up and gave her an identity? Who is she as a person?”

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Creativity: Dealing with Self Doubt

by on Jun.27, 2011, under Articles, Blog, The Power of Words, Writing

Ever had a creative endeavor you’ve wanted to try but just couldn’t get yourself to do it? Or caught up in the middle of your art, or your novel, and realized just how crappy it really is and wanted to stop?

We’ve all been there, believe me. How do I know? Well because often I find articles and blog posts that talk just about that.

Against Creative Paralysis (Starter Edition) [Robin D. Laws LJ]

Against Creative Paralysis (Advanced Edition) [Robin D. Laws LJ]

Robin D. Laws is a game designer. He designed the collectible card game Shadowfist, as well as the RPG Feng Shui, He knows a few things about creative endeavors. The articles talk about avoiding creative paralysis but one line in the advanced edition sticks out to me. It is a quote he likes to say:

“Don’t get depressed about not being where you want to be. This nagging feeling of anxiety is actually called ambition. Ambition is your friend.”

I do love that quote. He cites it as the words of director Atom Egoyan. I’ve never heard of him, but the quote

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