Sunday, November 16, 2014

Supernatural Hates Witches But is Generally Amusing

So I have been watching Supernatural for a while now, I have basically watched all 9 seasons plus the first five episodes of season 10. 

Now there are some things I really like about this program: Dean, the funny one liners, Dean, the sarcasm, the cheese, Dean, the music, the monster of the week vibe, Dean, the campy episodes, the special effects, how some of it is legit scary oh and did I mention Dean?

But I have a love hate relationship with this series because I cannot get past several things:

1) Sam- not only does he spend the entire show whining and unable to take care of himself, but  more than half the time he is the reason they are in trouble. He doesn't appreciate his brother and he is the angstiest dude I have ever seen on television. (Though the name thing really throws me since he was DEAN on Gilmore Girls first lol )

2) The angel, heaven, hell, demon epic good versus evil battle thing. Fine Dean gets raised from Hell by Cas, but then there is all that Cas trying to be God, Levithan, Lucifer battle, Metatron, angels fall bull shit. Seriously I skipped most of season 4-7.It was easy, just watch the first few minutes of every show, they RECAP it all, every time.

3) The boy melodrama (Or BM scene lol) sorry but I can't get past the dueling brooding that appears in every episode. Sometimes life and TV need humor without having to have a serious in the car where is our life going moment. Dean is less moody than Sam, but sometimes the two of them seem to be fighting over who is more butt hurt.

4) But my biggest pet peeve has been this;  Supernatural hates witches. I have been going back and watching episodes I skipped cause they sounded boring.... (and I was mostly right) and there have been four so far which paint witches and pagans in a very bad light.  Apparently in this show pagans have killer Gods (and not the normal kind you just sacrifice to, but ones that actively hunt and kill you), they create The Craft like covens who have instant access to black magic and do horrible things with no consequences, or simply like to curse/kill people to raise demons.

Why can't the witch be the good guy? Why is it always all magic is evil. Dean is quoted as saying, "I hate Witches." I get making vampires, shape shifters, werewolves and demons evil...The lore is against them and there are not these things in the modern world, but there are witches and it offends me that in a show like this magic workers are almost always cast in a bad light. That doesn't help my and my fellow witches image out here in the real world. It is tough enough getting Christians (and everyone else) to believe I am not a Satan worshiping, virgin sacrificing goat killer without popular media making me look bad.

Maybe they could have a good witch help them out? That'd be awesome.

Any way...

The following are my recommendations for the top episodes of Supernatural. These are the ones you watch if you don't want too much drama, angst or serious story line, these are either actually scary or just a lot of fun.

Season One
Bloody Mary- explores the legend

Hook Man- Explores the old Urban Legend

Asylum- Haunted Asylum

Scarecrow- A town sacrifices couples to an old god so they can have a happy town

Route 666- Killer truck

Hell House- haunted house

Something Wicked- Creepy thing attacking children

Provenance- Killer painting

Season Two

No Exit- H.H. Holmes, America's First Serial Killer

Play Things- Haunted Inn

Tall Tales- Trickster God and urban legends

Hollywood Babylon-  Haunted film set in California, horror movie with real ghosts

Season Three

The Kids Are Alright- changeling kids who feed on their moms

Bad Day and Black Rock- cursed unlucky rabbits foot

Bedtimes Stories- fairy tale retellings

Red Sky in the Morning- ghost ship

Ghostfacers- haunted house and a reality TV ghost hunter show

Season Four
Monster Movie- in black and white, old horror monsters are coming alive to kill people

Family Remains- creepy kids in the walls of an old farm house

The Monster at the End of this Book- Supernatural is really a book series too?

Season Five

Fallen Idols- a God pretending to be famous people is killing.

The Real Ghost Busters- a Supernatural convention inside a real haunted house

My Bloody Valentine-  You see a half naked cupid in this episode and lovers eat each other

Season Six

The French Mistake- the boys are in a reality TV show

Frontierland- Boys go back in time to the wild wild west

Season Seven

Time for a Wedding- someone casts a love spell on Sam

The Slice Girls- killer amazons...need I say more?

Out With the Old- cursed objects kill people, like curses ballet shoes

Of Grave Importance- giant haunted mansion with spooky ghost

Season Eight

Bitten- Found footage style about werewolves

Hunter Heroici- murders made to look like cartoons

LARP and the Real Girl- murders taking place during a large LARPing event

Season Nine

Slumber Party- Wizard of Oz Retelling

Rock and a Hard Place- Virgins are being killed by Hestia

The Purge- fat sucking creatures at a health spa

#Thinman- a Slender man rip off by Ghostfacers

Bloodlines- Mafia Monster Familys run Chicago

Season 10
Fan Fiction- 200 Episode, all girls school putting on a Supernatural Musical

Monday, November 10, 2014

The First Amendment Does Not Mean You Can Cat Call Me

So recently in the news a video made headlines. A woman walking around, silently, in New York  is harassed more than 100 times by men of various creeds, and creepiness.

Video can be viewed here at Hollaback Awesome Street Harassment Video

Now the video does have some faults, but basically in a crude way it shows how women are treated simply walking down the street.

Video did cut out white guys making it look like men of color did the majority of harassment, they did apologize and this fun article shows that in the end it didn't matter:

A Hollaback response video

I have heard people say, "well some of the comments were nice, or not nasty." That is besides the point. As a person (any sex or race) it is your right to walk to work, the public transport, a store etc..etc... without being harassed whether the person harassing you thinks that they are. Just like sexual harassment this type of street harassment is subject to the victim's point of view. Just because you think telling a woman, "hey lady why don't you smile!" is a compliment doesn't mean that to her it isn't unwanted attention.

Here is a great article detailing the definition of street harassment: What is Street Harassment?

As a woman (especially a plus size woman) I know what it's like to walk down the street and be told to smile, even if you don't want to and if you don't comply to be told you must be a bitch or "too good" to smile at some ass hole who decided the street was a appropriate place to a) pick up a date or b)to talk to a strange woman. Or sometimes worse, decide to call me fat or ugly...Why? Just cause. though probably cause their dick is small and they can't handle a real woman. lol

It doesn't matter what we do as women, keep our heads down, smile, wear boring baggy clothes, wear sexy clothes, talk back, ignore.....The comments, leers and rude gestures keep coming. This is why many women travel in packs; safety in numbers my friend, safety in numbers.

Women should be concerned, it's not like guys cat call other guys. In fact if a man said to another man, "hey dude, lovin that wife beater style, yo!" He would get his ass kicked.  In fact a recent twitter account has been created to show what I mean.  #dudesgreetingdudes

Men like to say that they would be fine if women turned the tables and I have two responses to that. 1) I have done it and men get just as embarrassed or become very mean, quickly or 2) they enjoy it because sadly most men are sexist pigs who would love nothing more than to have a strange women compliment his package size or "hotness".

As a woman I have this to say to men, "do not approach us on the street, in our cars, at the supermarket, with our friends, with our family, with our children. It's not appropriate and we don't appreciate it."  The rules to this are acceptable social situations where women like to have said attention. Bars, meet ups, single's activities, a date, speed dating etc..  We have had it ingrained in us that if you approach, most women will automatically assume you are a rapist/mugger/beggar/creeper/stalker/asshole and will avoid you like the plague.

I had one guy tell me it was his first amendment right to say what he liked to a woman. Well here's a fun tip for you. The first amendment is Freedom Speech, not Freedom to be a douche bag.

The Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. The Amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Exceptions to Free Speech:

Obscenity (which is defined as "the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the [subject or work in question], taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest" and (2) "depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, contemporary community standards, sexual conduct defined by the applicable state law" and (3) "the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value". Some subsidiary components of this rule may permit private possession of obscene materials at one's home. Additionally, the phrase "appeals to the prurient interest" is limited to appeals to a "shameful or morbid interest in sex), child pornography laws, slander, immediate intent to do violence, threats, offensive speech (defined as  speech might be unprotected if it either intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly inflicts severe emotional distress or if the other person perceives it as such), copy rights (or the works of others), and commercial speech.

So actually street harassment is forbidden by the first amendment the moment a woman takes it as a threat, offensive or as an obscenity, so be real careful what you say when calling out to a woman and using this as your argument.

Basically if you wouldn't want someone saying it to your mother, daughter, sister, aunt or grandma keep it to yourself. Or better yet if you don't know the lady keep yourself. 9 times out of 10 I don't take comments from strangers as compliments, I take them as unwanted and intrusive. So please help stop street harassment for everyone

Some Street Harassment Facts

Interesting Jezebel Article