"I saved your life. When you came to me, you were nothing; a foster kid tossed by the system, but I made you better. I made you amazing and what did you do to repay me?"
#AUGH ‘YOU WERE’ / ‘YOU LIED’#amanda so badly wants to be seen as this mother figure type#and nikita wanted someone like that for so long#that they were willing to pretend#but in the end they are still themselves#when will ur lady faves#have such a great fucked up relationship#tv: nikita#they gave you the ability to kill; they also gave you the ability to protect#gif
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (via collectinqwords)
happy birthday roboclaws! have some sad bucky because you write one of my favourite sad buckys in the fandom u w u
NOISES ONLY DOGS CAN HEAR IN SPACE OMG ROBIN I CANNOT BELIEVE (;*△*;)
This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.
sugarfey I want to hear this!
While I do think Cap 2 is the best outing Natasha has had so far in the MCU, I’ve seen people praise her lack of emotional vulnerability, and I think that ignores that we don’t actually get that many scenes from her POV in Cap 2. Most of her emotional moments occur in the background, because she isn’t the protagonist, and that’s a problem. Solo action films have a different structure to team films, so the narrative is focused through Steve’s POV, even when Natasha’s arc should be the main focus of a plot like this. That doesn’t mean Natasha’s arc in Cap 2 isn’t great— it is! But I have a problem with the fact that this arc wasn’t considered important enough to make her the protagonist. I don’t want Natasha’s emotional moments to be confined to the background of someone else’s frame. I give full credit to Scarlett Johansson for most of Natasha’s role in the MCU. On paper her role in Cap 2 could’ve easily been dismissed as robotic or emotionless, especially without her emotional arc in Avengers.
I think the recent meta going around about Natasha’s role in Avengers vs Cap 2 is very interesting and brings up some valid points (even if I find the main point a bit reductive), but I think it ignores the impact of character POV and narrative framing.
That’s a really good point. Even though we got more screentime in Cap 2, I almost felt like we didn’t get as much of her?? If that makes sense? We got those little moments — in the truck with Steve, when they’re at Sam’s house — but I can’t help but feel like the Avengers had more. And the structure of those movies would account for that.
The thing that I’m now considering is if Whedon — in trying to subvert our expectations of what a character that’s Scarlett Johansson in a catsuit would be like — still upheld some of those expectations by trying to subvert them, if that makes sense? I’m inclined to say no, because whether she was hypersexualized in the movie or not, she was (simply by being played by Scarlett Johansson in a catsuit and also being the only woman on the team) going to be read as hypersexual by a lot of people anyway. Which is gross, obviously. And my interpretation was that Whedon was trying to play with those assumptions and then crush them. But I dunno, maybe I’m giving him too much credit. It’s something to think about. I’m going to wait til Avengers 2 to pass final judgement, I think.
this wouldn’t be an issue if she had her own movie
I absolutely think he was deliberately using gendered tropes to subvert them, because that’s not just something he’s done with Avengers, it’s a major theme in Joss Whedon Things full stop. He mentioned specifically in a Reddit AMA before the movie came out that he was, you know, trying to do more than have her stand around in a catsuit but that he knew people would read her as sexy screencandy anyway.
Playing into tropes to subvert them still has its baggage, and I think it’s an approach that works well with Natasha but not superheroines as a whole. If Whedon goes and plays up the “fragile looking but all powerful waif” thing with Wanda it’s probably not going to hit as true, for me. I also think that Natasha benefitted from having a film like CA2 where gender wasn’t a major theme, the same way Steve benefitted from having a movie where he got to be in WW2 and some where he’s pulled from his temporal timezone: none of these characters are so small to be just one thing. By the same token I think Natasha benefitted a lot from being an equal member of an ensemble cast in Avengers vs a supporting player in a dude’s film, and idk that isn’t something I’d want to hand wave away since it absolutely effects the weight her story has and how she impacts the plot.
Reblogging with those tags because those are my feelings as well.
I think no matter how well Natasha is written, there will always be people who see Scarlett Johansson in a tight outfit and this ‘eye candy.’ I think the approach he took for Natasha worked well, but it wouldn’t work for a character like Wanda. I’m not too concerned about how Natasha will be handled in Avengers 2, but I am very concerned about Wanda.
I think a lot of criticisms surrounding Natasha’s role could be solved by having more female characters. Personally I don’t think there’s a problem with Natasha being afraid of the Hulk within the context of the film, but put into a larger context of female characters being chased by monsters throughout the history of film, it becomes a bit iffy. But I think it’s only iffy because Natasha is the only female superhero. If Valkyrie or She-Hulk or Captain Marvel then jumped in to fight the Hulk, leaving Natasha to get up and fight Hawkeye, I don’t think it would be an issue.
I think we can’t ignore Natasha’s position as an equal or supporting cast member. She had equal narrative weight in Avengers, so we got more scenes from her point of view and as a result, more emotional vulnerability. As good as her arc is in Cap 2, she’s still very much a supporting character, and that affects the weight her emotional arc is given.