Coraline is a masterfully made film, an amazing piece of art that i would never ever ever show to a child oh my god are you kidding me
Nothing wrong with a good dose of sheer terror at a young age
"It was a story, I learned when people began to read it, that children experienced as an adventure, but which gave adults nightmares. It’s the strangest book I’ve written"
-Neil Gaiman on Coraline
That sums it up. Reading it as a kid it was a fun, slightly creepy story. Reading it as an adult was terrifying.
WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE PREFERENCES
WOMEN HAVE A CHOICE IN WHO TO DATE/SLEEP WITH/ETC
WOMEN DON’T HAVE TO LIKE YOU
WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO JUSTIFY THEIR PREFERENCES
WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO REJECT SOMEONE FOR WHATEVER REASON
BEING “NICE” DOES NOT MEAN A PERSON IS ATTRACTED TO YOU OR OWES YOU ANYTHING
People always seem to just run with the idea that “all interpretations are true”, but forget the corollary that “all interpretations are true so long as they’re rational and you can derive it from evidence in the text”. And by this, I mean that there’s a limit to fan interpretations/theories/headcanons that you can come up with before it sounds like you’re talking about a whole different work entirely.
The concern for overly exposed young bodies may be well-intentioned. With society fetishizing girls at younger and younger ages, girls are instructed to self-objectify and see themselves as sexual objects, something to be looked at. A laundry list of problems can come from obsessing over one’s appearance: eating disorders, depression, low self-worth. Who wouldn’t want to spare her daughter from these struggles?
But these dress codes fall short of being legitimately helpful. What we fail to consider when enforcing restrictions on skirt-length and the tightness of pants is the girls themselves—not just their clothes, but their thoughts, emotions, budding sexuality and self-image.
Instead, these restrictions are executed with distracted boys in mind, casting girls as inherent sexual threats needing to be tamed. Dress restrictions in schools contribute to the very problem they aim to solve: the objectification of young girls. When you tell a girl what to wear (or force her to cover up with an oversized T-shirt), you control her body. When you control a girl’s body—even if it is ostensibly for her “own good”—you take away her agency. You tell her that her body is not her own.
When you deem a girl’s dress “inappropriate,” you’re also telling her, “Because your body may distract boys, your body is inappropriate. Cover it up.” You recontextualize her body; she now exists through the male gaze.What Do Dress Codes Say About Girls’ Bodies? (via becauseiamawoman)