The Mountain Between Us (sort of a movie review)

12 Jan

I first heard about this movie on twitter, a few months ago, when the question of whether it was a romance or not was asked (@mostlybree doing the Lord’s work). Looking up a bit more information, I discovered that it is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by…some dude I had never heard of.¹

Which explained, to me, why I had basically heard nothing about the movie until just a couple of weeks before it came out, when it seemed as if the marketing team suddenly realized that a) Idris Elba fucking sells, b) romance readers will go see romances, and c) a romance starring Idris Elba really fucking sells. Suddenly, all sorts of trailers for the movie, highlighting the romance angle, popped up on twitter and youtube.

Here’s one:

 

The short teaser: there’s weather coming, and a number of airports on both sides of the Rockies are closing ahead of the storm. Both Alex and Ben have pressing reasons to get out of Dodge…erm, Boise. Unable to find a seat in the last commercial flights out, and through a connection of Alex’s, they charter a small plane to get them to Denver, where they may be able to catch connecting flights to the East Coast. Unfortunately, their pilot, Walter (played charmingly by Beau Bridges), suffers a cardiac episode as they approach some of the mountain ridges in their route, and the plane crashes. Stranded during a particularly bad storm, in winter, above the snow line, Alex and Ben have to find a way to survive.

Please note: I’m going to go into some detail on the rest of the plot after the cut, so if you are planning on seeing this movie unspoiled, you may want to avert your eyes, perhaps come back *after* you’ve seen it.

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“What about the meeeeeeeennnnnzzzzzz???????”

8 Jan

Originally posted to the Community section at MyMedia

“Why do you harp so much on all the injustices done to women? What about the MEEEEEENNNNN??????”

Meet Jessica Eaton, who runs a charity exclusively focused on men’s mental health (in the UK), getting zero criticism from either men or women for this, yet gets everything from “you fat c*nt feminist” to rape and death threats for her advocacy against blaming women and girl victims of violence.

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Five years on, still somewhat here.

3 Jan

I have a few moments at work, so I’m dashing off a bit of an update, after the deafening silence on the blog.

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Please stop shrugging and waiting for someone else to fix the world.

21 Nov

(Originally posted to a private subforum at MyMedia, so I can’t link)

How I wish I could make everyone who casually reads this pay attention this week, and next week, and every week after, to three very basic things:

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Fight for Net Neutrality

19 Nov

Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia

The fight for equal access to the internet is not limited to ensuring that companies cannot prioritize speed (and price it accordingly).

Because access to the internet has not yet been definitely and permanently classified as a utility, such as water or power, structural access to broadband internet has been largely in the hands of private companies.

Since corporations exist exclusively to make money for stakeholders, no one should be surprised that poor communities in this country have as little access to broadband as some of the poorest countries in the world.

A government’s function, at least in a democracy, is to provide essential services to all its citizens, not only to those who can afford them.

In an increasingly digitized and interconnected world, access to the web is essential. Poor, small, and/or remote communities with no local library branch, or where the existing one is small and poorly funded, benefit enormously from affordable/free access to the internet (as do those same small libraries and schools).

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Terry Crews, speaking out

16 Nov

Terry Crews knows from personal experience why sometimes victims of sexual assault and harassment need years, if not decades, before they can speak out–when they can.

To add to the incredible fuckery, we must also consider the racial component. Had this white man assaulted another white man, he would have at the very least gotten a fist to the face. But a black man can’t defend himself in the same way.

Socializing girls to become victims.

14 Nov

Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia.
Added content at the end.

Why does it take women so long to speak up about sexual assault?

Oh let me count the reasons.

Harvey Weinstein hired people to threaten some of his victims.

Roy Moore has ridiculed those of his victims who have spoken up on national TV, and Breitbart has announced that they are sending two ‘reporters’ down to Alabama with the specific goal of ‘finding dirt’ on them.

One of the things being trotted out is that at least one of these women has married/divorced three times, and has declared bankruptcy at some point.¹ I mean, who would think that being sexually abused as a child would have negative effects on the child’s development? What a freaking concept.

Beyond the fear, constantly reinforced, that there will be real consequences (rape and death threats are not uncommon), or that victims will not be believed, even by close family members, there are many other reasons women don’t come forward for years, if ever.

One of them is how girls are socialized to have no boundaries.

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