Why is there very little utility to women’s clothing? Why don’t we get pockets which actually open? Why do we have to put up with the ‘false pockets’ that are frequently sewn onto women’s jackets and pants to give visual interest without ruining the ‘line’ of the garment? Why, when pockets are actually present, are they so rarely large, stable, or loose enough to accommodate a phone or a wallet? And why, given this is the case, do women go on to cop so much flack for carrying handbags around with them?
Oh wait. Is this one of those double standards which we feminists are always going on about; one of those innocuous little things which everybody just accepts because it is the norm?
Women carry handbags. It is known.
But why? I have watched my male friends get ready to go out. They slip their wallet into one pocket, their keys into another, their phone into a third pocket, and some of them even still have spare pockets large enough to carry a novel for the journey. Those of my friends who wear women’s clothes, though, face an entirely different situation. If they are wearing the right jeans or jacket, they may have up to two usable pockets (not at all guaranteed). However, in most cases they won’t have any pockets at all. Utility and style rarely meet in women’s fashion, so they grab a bag.
Contrary to all the jokes, most women don’t ‘have’ to leave the house with everything they pack in their day-to-day handbag. Most of the items in a woman’s everyday handbag are in there because, if she’s going to have to carry it anyway, she might as well make it worth her while. Excuse us for making use of the one useful item we find in our wardrobes.
OMG this sounds amazing. Like, honestly. Do you have a main character(s) or will it be about several characters?
Each story has its own main character, but each one is getting at least a short story about them, and one is getting a full novel. The story I’ve been working on recently is about a woman - about 40 years old, MTF trans*, and sort of Southeast Asian in terms of race - who likes to tote around a sniper rifle and has to help keep a floating city from falling to the ground and killing thousands.
I must have not been paying attention…this sounds interesting…
The setting or the day itself? Worldbuilding Wednesday is just a little thing some writers do on tumblr where people ask us questions about the little details of our worlds. :) #soundworld is my personal worldbuilding project, which I’ve summarized beneath the cut if you’d like to know a bit about it.
Haven’t done this in a while. Ask me something about #soundworld! I’ve gotten a lot of work done on it this past month, except the “naming any of it” shit, so ask anything you’d like to know, specific or general.
My cat just dragged a live mole into the house by his teeth. We had to catch him in a little bucket and set him outside without letting the cat eat him, as seemed to be his intent. This is the second animal Charlie has brought home with him today.
The icon of Rome’s foundation, a life-size bronze statue of a she-wolf with two human infants suckling her, is about 1,700 years younger than its city, Rome’s officials admitted on Saturday.
The official announcement, made at the Capitoline Museums, where the 30 inch-high bronze is the centerpiece of a dedicated room, quashes the belief that the sculpture was adopted by the earliest Romans as a symbol for their city.
“The new dating ranges between 1021 e il 1153,” said Lucio Calcagnile, who carried radiocarbon tests at the University of Salento’s Center for Dating e Diagnostics.
Recalling the story of a she-wolf which fed Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome, and his twin brother, Remus, after they had been thrown in a basket into the Tiber River, the so called “Lupa Capitolina” (Capitoline she-wolf) was donated to the museum in 1471 by Pope Sixtus IV. Read more.
The comb/brush I am bringing to Bellingham is shaped like a dinosaur skull, one of my only pairs of socks has dinosaurs on it, and one of the ten books I am bringing is a dinosaur encyclopaedia. Can't wait to see what my roomie/s think of that...
Avatar: Legend of Korra tells the story of the next Avatar, a water tribe girl by the name of Korra, as she fights a nonbending underground revolution called the Equalists, learns the powers of the Avatar line, and deals with typical teenage drama. I haven’t liked this show as much as I liked the first series, for a number of reasons, but I have still liked it. Today, though, we’ll be discussing the two part season finale. There will be spoilers.
“The words you put down on power, your characters act and react with meaning, and everything they do, you are responsible for it. You may not like it. You may attempt to ignore it. You may hide behind the defense of ‘it’s just a story’ or ‘I’m just trying to entertain,’ but if every bad guy in your story is African American, for instance, you’re making a statement. Like it or not.”—Greg Rucka
Hm, I’ll be in Bellingham next week. Suggestions? Chapstick and sunscreen; the latter might be a moot point knowing the weather around here.
Thanksies! You know, it’s odd, but there’s some part of my brain that insists on forgetting that sunscreen and bug spray even exist. I lived in a beach community for nearly 18 years, with summers in the 100s, and damn if I ever think of it. I’ll pick those up when I go to the shops tomorrow. Thanks!
“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”—Chuck Palahniuk
Bringing your husband would be a really good idea, I would think, unless he is unable to come. Do you already know where you’re going to be staying?
He can’t come - that’s sort of the point, really, since this is to expedite immigration, and in order to even start at least one of us needs a job, which he can’t get in America and I can’t get in Canada. I’m going to be living in Bellingham, but I don’t have an apartment yet. Bit hard to do when I can’t come look at the place or meet the landlords nearly until move-in date, though I have about five places who’ll give me a call if they’re still looking by next Friday.
Trying to sort out what I am going to bring with me to Bellingham, what I need to buy there, and what I don't need at all. Here's a list. Any suggestions?
A sweater (I will be seeing my husband, who lives with the rest of my clothes, before autumn and certainly winter, so if I need more warm wear, he can bring it down with him to see me)
A bathing suit and towel
6 pairs of jeans (i.e. all of them)
2 summer dresses
All of my good bras
20 pairs of panties
10 tops, all tank tops or short-sleeved blouses
A few accessories (a scarf, a hat, and a couple of light shawl/bolero sorts of over wear that don’t do much for heat, but are stylish)
10 books, including a collection of Jorge Luis Borges, a socialism-science fiction collection compiled by China Mieville, a non-fiction analysis of the fantasy genre, all three volumes of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire,
my Amazon Kindle
my Nintendo DS, and 4 games: Pokemon Black, The World Ends With You, Okami-den, and Animal Crossing Wild World
also Tales of Phantasia and Fire Emblem, for the GBA
two DVDs: Wild Zero and The 10th Kingdom
my laptop, which has Steam and hence lots of games, and accompanying accessories - cooling pad, laptop lock, headphones
my iPod, which has all of my music (and also so does my laptop)
A ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles, and scissors
Decoration and Miscellaneous:
A jewelry/gaming box. Includes 3 necklaces, 2 bracelets, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Adapter, a bag of dice (3 6-sided, 1 4-sided, 2 8-sided, 1 10-sided, 2-12 sided, 1 20-sided), and a pack of cards. All inside one nice little box.
A kokeshi doll I bought at Mt. Fuji
My wand, from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
A face cloth and two bath towels
A notebook and pens
My Divacup, which given the timing of the move, will probably not be something I could forget insofar as it being in my vagina at the time
My cellphone, Nintendo DS, Amazon Kindle, iPod, and laptop plugs and chargers, as well as an adapter that lets me plug 5 things in
A backpack and purse, for miscellaneous travel
A bento box, so I can have lunch if I ever get a job/go places
A tiny box shaped like a scarab, which I used in college to keep loose change, which I will probably use for the same purpose in WA
A bottle of Excedrin; a bottle of Aleve; a bottle of eyedrops
The usual toiletries and beauty products: toothbrush/toothpaste, acne cream, one or two items of makeup, shampoo/conditioner, a hairbrush
Things I Recognize I May Need, but IDK if I Should Wait Until I Do or Get Them Now or Maybe I Won’t Need Them at All…:
like paper towels or something??
I guess I’ll need like a box of tissues…
probably a notepad for grocery lists or something, maybe sticky notes or something
batteries for said flashlight
a clock or something maybe?
oh god I almost forgot I should really probably bring my nebulizer
because I don’t have health insurance and I’d rather not have to go to the hospital if by some weird happen stance I have an asthma attack
I have a fold out chair which is cheap and shitty but I guess I could bring it, too, even if my room is already furnished (IDK yet), it’s a decent guest chair
my walking stick, which I rarely need, but maybe not risk it?
maybe some sort of mouse pad because some surfaces aren’t great for the mouse and maybe whatever serves as my desk will be one of those surfaces??