Anonymous said: You just gained 50x more respect from me because you believe in gender equality. Carry on you awesome sir.
People who don’t believe in gender equality are straight up wrong. Humans are humans, having a certain gender doesn’t make you any less of a person.
James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.
From the film’s IndieGo page:
Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.
To see some footage and a short video pitch from Lopez, click here.
Many of you have probably heard of this new anti-rape nail polish that is supposed to change color when it comes into contact with chemicals found it date rape drugs like Rohypnol. I, like many, was happy to see that there was something new out there that could help women avoid being victimized against their will. After all, I’m nothing if not all for making this world a safer place to live in, not just for women but for everybody.
My perspective on this may be a little myopic. I am a man after all and while my gender can empathize and understand and support women with all their strength the simple fact remains that we’re not going to know one-hundred percent what it feels like to be a female. We don’t understand the continuous scrutiny and socially-ingrained sexism that up until recently was just something the masses put up with.
Which is why when I read an article describing how this nail polish is simply just another form of putting a band aid on the real issue I had to really take a step back and think before I got all indignant. And when I say that, I mean I was both angry and annoyed. As somebody who frequents Tumblr on an almost hourly basis I bear witness to the occasional person who, while their hearts are in the right places, are a bit too zealous in getting people to stand up for social justice.
So I took a deep breath and I did what any other first year journalism student would do: I did my fucking homework. And you know what, I was really surprised to learn that Undercover Colors was made by four university students, four male university students.
Now, from at first glance it could be really easy to rake these guys across the coals. What are they trying to say, that women should wear chastity belts all the time? Those ignorant, misogynistic bastards!!!
A bit of an extreme perspective perhaps but one that is cropping up all over the place in this new mine field that the product has opened up in the never ending battle between the sexes. It is a valid point to make; after all, society doesn’t expect men to walk around carrying bear mace on a dark night, even though I know from the personal and rather harrowing experience of having to walk half an hour in one of the most dangerous parts of my city at one in the morning that that would be a safe practice.
But is demonizing these university students really the right thing to be doing? I could understand if they were standing there, all smug and smarmy like the higher ups on Mad Men, talking about how the female sex now must bow down before them for helping to make them safe. But these gentlemen aren’t doing that at all. They simply had an idea, a very useful and beneficial idea I might add, and instead of reblogging and ranting about how cool it would be to make jumped into action. The result is something that could potentially save a lot of women from humiliation and unnecessary pain.
Is it a foolproof invention? Fuck no it’s not. I and several others may feel pleased to see if Undercover Colors made its way around campuses and house parties but that does not for a second take way who the real responsibility comes down to. It’s onto people to A) not be dicks and try to spike somebody’s beer because they’re pathetic pieces of shit and B) in the event that something does go down, take measures to help whoever is being victimized.
The university students who invented Undercover Colors did not do so because they wanted to be void of responsibility should the time arise when such things were needed. They created this product out of a sense of altruism, of genuinely wanting to help fix the problem and not become a part of it. It was something of a short-sighted aim because, as many have pointed out, this nail polish not only has incredibly unfortunate implications but also has the potential to backfire.
After all, how are your friends supposed to know that you’re wearing it unless you blatantly tell them, in which case they would still have to keep an eye on you?
What if they simply are under the impression that all women are going to use this product and as a result don’t use vigilance when observing their friends and parties?
This is why, as useful as Undercover Colors could prove, it shouldn’t suddenly turn into an end-all be-all solution for date rape. Emphasis needs to continue to be placed on bystander intervention and sober responsibility. A product that helps detect roofies and the like is a good precaution yes, but like birth control you can’t simply rely on it just because it’s there.
At the end of the day, the responsibility is on people. Don’t drug somebody in the first goddamn place and if you see something to make you even remotely think that one of your friends or even somebody you’ve never met before is in trouble or under the influence of date rape drugs, don’t stand around with your finger up your ass telling yourself that it was their fault for not wearing Undercover Colors.
Step in like a boss and help them.