This just in professional animators who have endured years of rigorous training are still figuring out how to design and animate girls. It’s very difficult, and nobody in the history of the company has yet to figure it out. Please be patient with them, or you may hurt their feelings
to be fair no one has ever been able to draw a woman in the history of mankind. nor have they been able to even capture a woman on film. im highly skeptical that women even exist. one blurry photograph in the woods does not prove anything.
reblogging again for that image.
there’s a reason why Julie Plec continues to treat Bonnie’s character a certain way and it’s the same reason Women’s Studies classes will assign 60 different essays by white women and 2 by bell hooks, it’s the same reason Miley Cyrus doesn’t think twice about using Black women’s bodies/ cultures for shock value and career props, it’s the same reason white women will rush to defend Hillary Clinton and Miley but not say shit when ppl spit on Beyonce and Michelle Obama, it’s the same reason Stephanie Meyer describes WOC the way she does in Twilight, it’s the same reason white girls in fandom love Elena, Sookie, Rose et al but hate on Mercedes, Martha, Tara, Bonnie, it’s the same reason Madonna and Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese get away with using WOC cultures to “exotify” their image, it’s all connected, it’s all because whiteness in general and white women in particular still can’t accept women of color as women, as full human beings, as people with our own desires and thoughts and ideas outside of them, as autonomous beings, as beings who have as much claim to power, sexuality, desirability as they do, in short, white women still have a real hard time accepting that we don’t exist to serve them.
In the spirit of Columbus Day, the New York Times has run an article about how braids are now becoming popular. The spirit of Columbus Day, in case you were wondering, is also the spirit of “treating something that’s existed for centuries as though it’s new because rich white people have just become very interested in it it.”
Well, according to hairstylist Ted Gibson, “Traditionally women would think of braids as a kind of thoughtless hairstyle. Now they’ve crossed over to the fashion space.” Right. It’s clear that by “women,” he — and everyone else quoted in this article — means “white women.” As anyone who takes a second to think about it would realize, black women have been braiding their hair, not thoughtlessly, since 500 B.C. To say, as this article has, that the braid is JUST becoming popular and trendy with all trendy ladies now is to overlook and minimize the experience of black women with natural hair. As Paulette M. Caldwell puts it in her essay A Hair Piece: Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Gender:
Wherever they exist in the world, black women braid their hair. They have done so in the United States for more than four centuries. African in origin, the practice of braiding is as American — black American — as sweet potato pie. A braided hairstyle was first worn in a nationally-televised media event in the United States — and in that sense “popularized” — by a black actress, Cicely Tyson… More importantly, Cicely Tyson’s choice to popularize (i.e., to “go public” with) braids, like her choice of acting roles, was a political act made on her own behalf and on behalf of all black women.
Braids! They’re already popular! And they’re not traditionally “some weird lil thoughtless thing you do with your hair when you are NOT going to a fashion show.” Interestingly — and tellingly — A Hair Piece was written in response to Rogers v. American Airlines, a 1981 lawsuit that ruled a black flight attendant hadn’t been discriminated against after she was fired for wearing her hair in a braided hairstyle. The justification for this ruling was that the hairstyle had been popularized by Bo Derek in the movie “10”. Because Bo Derek is white and famously had cornrows, the defense argued, firing the plaintiff for wearing braids wasn’t racist.