Hoooooooo boy tonight’s gonna suck.
Director Guillermo del Toro talks about Rinko Kikuchi and her character Mako Mori in Pacific Rim:"I was very careful how I built the movie. One of the other things I decided was that I wanted a female lead who has equal force as the male leads. She’s not going to be a sex kitten, she’s not going to come out in cutoff shorts and a tank top, and it’s going to be a real earnestly drawn character." Noting that the other actors were exhausted and “destroyed physically” by filming in the intensive Jaeger cockpit harnesses, del Toro said: “The only one that didn’t break was Rinko Kikuchi, the girl. She never complained… I asked Rinko her secret and she said ‘I think of gummi bears and flowers.’ I try to do that in my life now” (x).
- Self-care: they give you the opportunity to feel good about yourself, which can be a boost at any time, and can be life saving at the worst of times.
- Encourages body positivity: reminds ourselves and others that beauty shouldn’t be defined by white, thin, able-bodied people.
- Takes power away from companies that prey on our insecurities: “if you love yourself, what can they sell you?”
- Allows marginalized people to control how their bodies are seen: instead of depending on media, porn, and other outlets where oppressors decide how we are seen.
- Creates diverse representation: since we’re not dependent on waiting for other people to share images of people who look like us.
- Pisses off gross people, allowing us to identify who to avoid.
I’m struggling with this post. I don’t know that I can add anything useful to what I’ve already posted about selfies. I thought I had so much to say, but really, I enjoyed referring to other people who have already said it.
I guess I just want to remind everyone that selfies are important. It’s important that we take care of ourselves. It’s important that other people get to see us taking care of ourselves, either because it lets them know that we’re going to be OK, or because they need to know that they can be OK too. It’s important that we piss off the people who hate selfies, because when they’re mad, it means we’re challenging their assumptions of who gets to love themselves, and what it means to be beautiful. That’s one of the ways we know we’re doing something right.