Today we are going to address a little pet peeve (or I should say I big pet peeve) of mine and how awesome people like Laci Green are trying fix this problem. So this week’s Web Crush is Sex Positive with Laci Green!
Amy Poehler has always been one of my heroes, but recently APerigren introduced me to her YouTube show Smart Girls, a show that interviews women who accomplish amazing things and who have a wide array of interests. Smart Girls truly shows how diverse and talented women and girls are.
The motto of Smart Girls is: Change the World by Being Yourself.
Smart Girls teaches girls to be themselves but still provides guidance to them by showing them fun, creative, strong women for them to emulate. Their mission statement explains:
Here at Smart Girls, we believe that the cultivation of the authentic self is very important. We also believe that guidance is helpful as we try to find our way to ourselves. We hope to be of help in the exploration and discovery process.
This is where you might learn about something you would like to experience. You might learn about a woman you’d like to emulate. You might learn a new perspective or an unfamiliar custom or a new way to talk to yourself about something.
It is our hope that you will learn more about your truest self. (source)
The result is an awesome web series that truly exemplifies how intelligent girls are and how many great female role models there are out there.
One of my favorite videos is an interview with a seven year old feminist, which is just beautiful and ridiculously cute.
There are so many other amazing videos and stories from Smart Girls that are just amazing. Please check them out.
I am so excited for this movie it is ridiculous. A lot of big name movies came out recently, but I really think Warm Bodies is going to be one of the most severely underrated movies this winter.
Warm Bodies seems to be an awesome spoof of the paranormal romance craze. Pairing the romance between the hot blonde and the gross undead zombie is hilarious in and of itself, but for me the best thing about this movie, at least from what I can tell about the trailer, is the inner monologue of the zombie.
The fact that the zombie has an almost completely coherent inner monologue, but still acts like a normal everyday zombie is perfect, and really something that has been missing from various zombie spoofs in general.
I’m definitely going to check out Warm Bodies. You should too.
You probably know Albinwonderland from her “Shit Tumblr Girls Say” videos, but she is so much more than that.
Albinwnderland has talked on a variety of subjects from weight issues, to self-esteem, and most recently, about the “fake” geek girl controversy spurred on by Tony Harris. She’s taken a lot of shit for talking about these issues on YouTube and I want to support her.
Once upon a time, if someone had asked me, what musical I thought was the most sexist and damaging to women I would have said, Grease. Grease, most people will agree has a terrible message, which is basically, “hey, ladies, compromise your morals and integrity in order to get this asshole guy, who doesn’t treat you right anyway, to like you and stay with you—then you’ll be happy!” But what I usually hear people say is, “Yeah, Grease has a terrible message, but at least it has good music.”
That’s a lame excuse for letting a musical get away with being horribly sexist, but I grudgingly admit that the music is good.
Now, if someone were to ask me what I think the most sexist and damaging musical is I could no longer say Grease. Grease now has the number two spot. And on top of being horribly sexist, this musical doesn’t even have the benefit of having decent music.
Ladies and Gentleman, I give you, The Devil’s Carnival!
The Devil’s Carnival is the most heinous pile of crap I have ever seen. It was written by Terrance Zdunich, who also wrote Repo! The Genetic Opera, which I actually love. I love dark gothic musicals, so I was excited to watch The Devil’s Carnival. I tried to like this musical, I really did, but on top of having terrible music, the musical claims everyone who is in hell was sent there by God, because they didn’t fit his idea of perfection, that grief is a sin, and that women who fall for bad guys and then get hurt (killed in this musical as well as implied rape) are sinning, because they trusted someone they shouldn’t. Yeah…
[Warning: Discussion of Rape, Murder, Victim-shaming, and Suicide below.]
I have a very unhealthy obsession with Wreck-It Ralph. For me, it was such a perfect combination of nostalgia, humor, and graphical beauty that I just want to see it over and over again (…well, I would if I wasn’t so cheap). Whereas I agree with some of the reviewers out there that the second act was too focused in one area, I have to say that my favorite part of the movie was in Sugar Rush because I am a racing game fanatic at heart. The fact that Sugar Rush is basically a brighter, more saccharine Mario Kart also adds to its case: if Disney were to release Sugar Rush as an actual console game, I would buy it in a heartbeat. However, for the time being they seem content to leave it as a web browser game, which is all fine and good and I will continue to tell myself they’re using it as a measure to see how popular a full-scale release would be. That doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had, though.
A couple weeks ago, I ran across this video and it had me literally on the brink of tears from laughing so hard. Watchers of the movie know that King Candy is a little bit of a sore loser, but what would happen if he was forced to play against three other human players? I’d like to think it would be something like this.
As long as I’m talking about Sugar Rush, I can’t forget to mention the scarily catchy theme song that AKB48 performed. I still find myself humming it at random points in the day… S-U-G-A-R! Jump into your racing car! (You’re welcome for the earworm.)
Okay, I know this isn’t technically “geeky,” but it is too funny not to share with the world. So here is a hilarious video with a song about a cat.
((WARNING: The Language in this video is NSFW))
Do you see the guy currently dominating this banner? Who is it? Is it Superman? Damn right, it’s Superman! But it has come to my attention that some people who are new to comic books think Superman is lame.
I’m only going to say this once. Superman is cool.
The main reason that many people think Superman is lame is because of how he has been mishandled in movies and TV shows. Furthermore, people tend to think that Superman is actually this really great, squeaky clean guy and, thus, has no depth of character or anything interesting to offer. They couldn’t be more wrong.
So this doesn’t really have anything to do with anything geeky, but… it has something to do with art… which is, I guess, kind of geeky…
BUT WHO CARES? IT’S BOB ROSS’S BIRTHDAY!
So put on a party hat, grab a paint brush, and paint that happy little tree in honor of Bob Ross. And if you don’t know who Bob Ross is now is your opportunity to experience the awesome and amazingly talented man!
Check it out!
This year many Americans have been split on who they are voting for, and while some argue for Romney, and others argue for Obama, we can all agree that political ads suck.
Every day they invade our homes. They attack through the TV, through YouTube, and even when we are live streaming TV shows.
But finally, someone has come along and put together a political ad that not only doesn’t suck, but addresses the concerns of the impending zombie apocalypse. Though neither candidate has intelligently addressed the public’s very real concerns about the zombie apocalypse, Joss Whedon has put together a quick political ad that explains who he’s thinks is the better to bring about the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Thank you, Joss. We love you.