Category Archives: Feminism

Check this video and get inspired! A small effort for a sustainable future – join the movement to slow down climate change

First of all, let’s all thank platforms like Facebook for the GOOD stuff – these great motivational videos (posted below; I cried). Thanks Facebook, for spreading the word!

True fact: climate change has always been there, since the beginning of time. Dinosaurs have lived in far worst conditions than us today. The Earth changes dramatically every so often, and so does its climate. But the modern HUMAN is accelerating these changes to a point where the Earth cannot adapt as fast.

People ask: why should kids skip school of Friday, the 15th of March? How does that help climate change?

It helps a lot!

1. Lots of these kids will join protests to send a message to the Government. Their voices will be loud, and they will be heard by some leaders (very few; the majority of countries still shi$ on the common man). Therefore, some Governments will take some action. Some is better than none.

2. Your KID will learn to fight for what he or she believes in. If that is not a lesson for life, I don’t know what is. PLUS, these kids learn that they are never alone in the fight. Your KID will have more balls than you, and that is a great thing to look forward to!

Ok. So the majority of schools around the world won’t close down their activities (let’s be honest). But what could/should they do?

Activities that promote a sustainable future. Kids should learn about recycling, renewable energies and what not.

Fine. The school your kid goes to is not that progressive, so they don’t f°*king care about climate change.

Teach your kid yourself how to BE THE CHANGE on Marth 15th. If every child on the planet would stop active pollution (like throwing garbage in the forest during a trip) we will notice a massive change. Learn together how to make small contributions to the fight against climate change.

You can’t change the Government by sitting at home, but maybe you can help the Earth stay cleaner.

Act sustainable. Your small effort counts. Doing something is still better than doing nothing.

The best way to get over a D, is to get yourself under a new D – a Valentine’s Post

Yes, I am doing a Valentine’s Day Relationship Advice Post. Or better yet, a How-to-forget-the-prick-with-whom-you-should-have-celebrated-this-day-if-not-for-the-break-up post.

Spoiler: no bad language this time. I have been challenged.

I am writing this for a friend, I’ll call her Susanne, who has been struggling after her last break-up (aka being dumped). She is, like many humans on this Earth, spending Valentine’s Day alone – just like this poor bunny.

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After a long chat, listening to her blabbering about what pieces of $%#! men are, I offered her a scientifically proven advice: find yourself a new D! It doesn’t have to be a loveable D. You don’t have to marry the D. Just find one D and use it for its primary purpose.

In order to get over a D, get under a new D! Or on top of the new D. Or sideways. Most like it from behind. Or have two Ds. Or even a V. No judging. Those should stuff all wounds left behind by that SOB.

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What does a new D bring?

  • Well, the illusion of a relationship. Your brain will secrete a lot of the GOOD chemicals, which will dilute the BAD chemicals, produced by the break-up.
  • A new D will prove to your V that the old D wasn’t perfect, and it might even show her a few more tricks.
  • A new D will remind your heart that it could do well without the old D. In fact, it will reassure the heart that all it ever needed were the same old 3 people: Me, Myself & I.

 

What a new D doesn’t bring:

  • a long-lasting relationship; rebound S should be emotional, but in a more angry kind of way; rebound S is a type of revenge S; it is not loving S!
  • amnesia; you will not be able to completely forget the old D, but the new D will definitely tone down the pain.
  • preferably no STDs or a little, crying, pooping B; so use a CONDOM!

 

Alternative post: The best way to get over a V, is to get yourself inside a new V. Or A. Or whatever. You get the message. We all hurt the same.

 

So, that’s the quick science lesson of today. Try it, or not. But I tell you, IT WORKS!

 

Have a great Thursday.

L.

Honest Review: The BOSS – a feminist movie with a lot of fart jokes and Tyrion Lannister

I was sick with the flu so I splurged on Amazon Prime, because that is what the modern human does. I saw some movies through a screenwriter/scriptreader perspective and some impressed me, some did not.

I saw 4 movies: Spectre (a James Bond movie; here is the review), Sisters (with Tina freakin’ Fey), The Internship (with Owen Wilson) and The Boss, which I will be discussing today.

If I had no idea that Spectre was a Bond movie, I would have probably said PASS on that screenplay. The same with The Boss. Or RECOMMEND some massive re-writes!

The Boss, or Melissa McCarty wearing a turtleneck for no apparent reason

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Overall, the movie was ok, but had a horrible fight scene at the end. I don’t know how Peter Dinklage found that acceptable. Shame on you, Peter! (still ❤ you!). Then again, it was right up Melissa McCarthy’s alley. Her A-list title and her acting saved the not-so-awesome screenplay which she co-wrote.

The Boss is an American Comedy filled with fart-jokes, and when I say that I do not mean literal farts. A fart-joke in a movie is to me a very poor, sometimes badly placed, funny element, who would make idiots laugh, but to the normal audience it just feels out-of-place. One example is MM’s character tests a pull-out couch, but the strings backfire and smashes MM against the wall. The point of that? Have no idea.

Let’s do the laurasgotzthis ABCs:

A(action): I loved it. The opening scene after the Teaser was mind-blowing! MM on a freaking flying, burning… what was that? A lion? Brilliant. It had a lot of funny elements, some better than others. I liked the vibe the action sometimes had, filled with female empowerment. There was also a twisted live story in there, but I am not going to rob you of the joy of finding what that was on your own!

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The MAJOR flaw was the final fight scene, when MM and Tyrion Lannister play it out with actual ninja swords! The F? Why? WHY!? Totally ruined it for me. I was going to give it a A because of the fart-jokes, but after that scene, the movie is a B- at best.

B(boom): Yes! MM loses everything – her money, friends and credibility! Awesome motivation to change your life around. Or is it…?

C(character): A lot of comedies do not focus on character development that much. The Boss is different. It gives a ”family movie” kind of feeling to it because of it. You get each character’s motivation and you can relate to them. I loved how the movie was female dominated and that MM played a very strong, however flawed, woman. + great acting, from all of the actors (including the funny guy who played in REAPER; why did they cancel that show!?)boss1

D(dialogue): Sometimes there was a lot of conversational/pointless dialogue, which I think Americans use to show character. No. It does not work. I bet people can find more clever ways to do it.

 

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What is girl-on-girl action?

 

E(education): Yes! Women can kick ass in business. Women should take risks, like Kristen Bell, aka. Veronica Mars, did in this movie – a single mom quitting her job to start her own company and finally taking a chance on the nice guy at the office. Be assertive! Be a Darnell’s Darling!

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I recommend this movie to feminists who want to have a good time 😀 It is not going to be the best movie of the year, but it will bring out some laughs and the acting is great!

Have fun and I would love to hear your view on this movie!

L.

Laurasgotzthis Review

The Boss (an American Comedy)

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PLAY IN A DAY FESTIVAL 2018 – a tale of fun times and soul-searching

I have done some drama at school and during English Camps, but I kinda neglected acting during my studies.

I am glad I took it up again, and after some screenacting and improv classes I found a super Play in a Day Festival that I could accomodate around my fulltime day job.

I met the amazing team from TLS Frankfurt (Theater Language Studio ) last year and when they said they were doing this festival, I swore I will be part of it. I applied and got accepted as an ACTOR!

We all met on the 19th of January and the theme and teams were selected, each with a writer, director and a couple of actors.

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THEME: The road not taken

Michael, the writer, an American who runs a children’s theater company, asked all of us to share what the theme meant to us.

Esa, a Finnish sweetheart!, told us about his move to Germany and how it changed his life, finding a supporting partner and a great job.

Livio, our Italian in cool suspenders, told us that he has taken a sabatical after the show, to go back to Sardinia and reflect on his future, maybe open a B&B. His job was not as fullfilling anymore.

Lars, our beloved German director, shared how he had always wanted to be a scientist, much like Dexter in Dexter’s Laboratories ^^. He became a chemist and wanted a Phd scholarship in the USA, which he sadly did not receive. So he posed the question What would have been?

And then came I, the girl who once stood at the crossroad MEDICINE or LITERATURE, and took the decision with her brain and not with her heart. I said I will sacrifice about a decade to earn good money so I can support my writing. But I also posed Lars’s question – what would my life had become if I had take a different road?

After that Lars gave some last instructions and we all went home. Michael had to write all night long, while we slept. Well….we tried to sleep (so excited!).

The following day…

Michael had written us a marvelous play. Lars had already read it and he was literally crying with emotions. So we knew head-on that it was a drama.

We did one table-reading and it became clear to us that our brilliant writer had incorporated all of our stories. A WHAT IF story, called 2 roads divergent.

There were 3 characters: MAN, WOMAN, BROTHER.

Michael asked us to give them names. He suggested finding someone who inspires us, so I chose Lucy! (L.V. Hay – check out amazing writing tips here). Esa was John, Lucy’s love interest, and Livio was Gavin, Lucy’s supporting brother.

Lucy wants to become a writer and John is a painter and a supporter of the arts; both are quite poor. John asks Lucy to be his wife and he is willing to be the sole bread-earner so he could support her in becoming a famous writer. She does not want him to make that sacrifice.

We play 2 scenarios.

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They both follow their dreams. John works in the hotel business, because he wants to get experience for when he will open a big B&B which will serve as an Artist’s Retreat.

Lucy is a freelance -poorly paid- writer and is working on her first novel. She is frustrated that John is working so much -to support her-, but Gavin is always there to encourage both of them to carry on.

Years later, Lucy is a New York Times Bestseller Author and John is running a very successful B&B for artists!

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They both postpone their dreams to earn money at first. They are successful in non-artistic jobs, but they both neglect their passion. Gavin is always there to support them and remind them of what is important. It is LOVE that keeps John and Lucy together.

Years later, their business fails and they are bankrupt. It is that hardship that finally makes it clear to them that money is not important.

Lucy finds work as a paid blogger and John rents their apartment as a small B&B. They are finally taking the step they should have takes years ago.

It is never too late to change life directions!

We rehearsed the whole day and we were all quite comfortable in our roles.

 

We went on first and I must say I did not have stage fright, because I know, like any good actor, that the audience WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED! Plus I had full confidence in my amazing team mates! We did screw up some lines there and there, but we were all IMPROV actors so nobody really noticed 😀 Hihi.

The other 5 plays were awesome as well! They tackled subjects like FEMINISM, FRIENDSHIP, FAMILY DRAMA and many more + there was a joke about a rabbit, a bear, a machine gun and a big pile of SHI%! Yes. That happened.

It was so much fun being part of an amazing festival, even though it only lasted 24h! I have learned a lot and I have met the most interesting people.

What I got out of this festival, besides the fun and new friendships, was a new outlook on my life. I will dedicate more of my time to writing and following my dreams. I will keep my day job because I have to eat… but I will publish my first book this year (with a passionate publisher and all!) and will definitely cut down my hours to work part-time. There is nothing more satisfying than doing something for yourself.

I recommend this festival and TLS Frankfurt to anyone who loves theatrical arts and having fun!

Will attend more of their workshops when I have to time to drive the 2h from Cologne, and I will definitely participate in the 2019 show!

See you there!

L.

A not so feminist Christmas movie

Because Christmas is around the corner, my husband wanted to watch his favorite holiday movie, Christmas Vacation, with Chevy Chase as the patriarch of the Griswalds.

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I also enjoy the movie and I remember loving it as a child. It‘s a good comedy. Seeing it again after many years, my opinion of it has changed quite a bit though. As a grown-up, I have interpreted it from a feminist point of view and I must say, this movie does not belong on my list of feminist movies. Why?

  • Misses Griswald is very pretty… and that compensates for her lack of brains; check out that cleavage! Plus, did you see how she behaves and the way she talks? Life-size Barbie right there! Stereotypical supporting female character.
  • Nowhere in the movie do we get a hint that she also has a job, so we suspect she is a housewife. Not that that‘s a bad thing. But still, she has two grown kids who could do well without a stay-at-home mom. I know I kept asking myself during the movie: does she just does not want to work or is she too stupid to hold down a job? Maybe if she had also had a job, her family would not have been so dependent on dad‘s Christmas bonus.
  • She and her daughter do the ‘‘girl-thing‘‘ and cook for the family while Mr. Griswald and his son are responsible for the ‘‘man-thing‘‘ and decorate the house‘s exterior with Christmas lights. Typical! Why, even in the modern movies, do the men meet for football&beer on the couch while their wives cook and chat in the kitchen!?
  • Let‘s not even talk about the low percentage of female characters and how little screen time and speaking lines they get.
  • However, let‘s not forget the movie was filmed in the late 80‘ – as if that‘s a good excuse for misogyny.
  • Oh, and heads up! The other Griswald movies are the same, so don‘t expect anything different!

From a feminist point of view, this movie belongs in the WOMEN AS PROPS FOR SHOW category.

If you want to have a good laugh with the whole family, I recommend it. If you want to see some Girl-Power, you‘d have more luck watching Powerpuff Girls.

BTW, my favorite holiday movie is The Grinch. The girl leaves the rich man for the poor and ugly Grinch? Talk about love conquers all!

How about your favorite Christmas movie? Are you still satisfied with it? Would love to hear your thoughts on it!

Merry Christmas!

L.

Laurasgotzthis Review

Christmas Vacation ’89 (US Comedy)

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My Christmas this year: no tree, no presents!

1 more week till Christmas!

1 more week till the awesome Christmas Eve dinner and, of course, the opening of the presents!

I am not the first one to say it. Now will I be the last one: Christmas = consumerism, and this phenomenon is distroying the true spirit of this holiday, a lot of our moral values and THE ENVIRONMENT.

I am not proposing to cancel Christmas. Apart from the original spiritual/religious part of this holiday, it is also a reason for families to come together and celebrate in peace and harmony, a reason for people to remember that they have to be good to one another.

However, it is sad that we as humans need such a holiday to be reminded that family is important and that we have to be kind. It is sad that material presents bring us joy. It is sad that we ponder for weeks about the perfect Christmas gift and that we spend loads of money on it. It is sad that we don‘t even think that maybe a THANK YOU or a I LOVE YOU would and should sufice.

I would cancel capitalist Christmas for adults but not for kids. Kids should get their gifts and should experience the magic of this holiday, in all its forms, because I believe it is vital for their psychological development.

That being said, because I do not have children yet, I would cancel:

– the big, fancy, Christmas tree; I bought a 7-dollar little, artificial tree, which I hope will last me a lifetime; no new decorations needed and we are saving a lot of electricity, because we are using only one, 1 meter long Christmas lights;

– the presents! Like, for real? How many of us wait till Christmas to get something they really need? I buy my stuff when I need it/want it/can afford it. If my washing machine breaks down in January, I won‘t wait another year till I get myself a new one; so, what now? Guess you have already seen the video. The husband was not so thrilled about the idea, but in the end he understood what I meant. I shared the thought with many colleagues and they also thought it was brilliant and some will do the same.

What are Christmas presents anyway? Stuff we need or stuff we think we need but then never end up using and thus end up in the trash? I don‘t need this holiday to get a romantic expensive gift from my husband. A nice candle light dinner and a Netflix or Amazon movie is all I need.

 

What are you doing this Christmas? Let‘s chat throught the comments!

 

Have a nice and relaxing holiday!

 

L.

 

The first time I asked myself if I was a feminist

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(Definition of “feminism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

 

I am aware that feminism has existed long before the suffragette movement and that a lot of women have been KICKING ASS in a lot of domains despite the patriarchic mentalities of the past. What I did not know, was that it was still a big deal in the 21st century.

A couple of years ago I saw it being brought up more in the media and promoted by amazing women like Beyoncé, Emma Watson, Serena Williams, Helen Mirren and many more. They were all saying that they were proud to be FEMINISTS.

So?

That was my first thought.

Why do these women state the obvious? Yeah, ok. You’re a feminist, I’m a feminist, all women are feminists. Don’t we have other stuff to talk about?

It was after a couple of months that I realized what the big fuss was about.

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I was born and raised in Romania, a country that had lived for over 40 years under communists before it turned into a democracy in 1989.

Now, I am not going to thank solely the communists for promoting a version of feminism in our country, because women have been working side by side with men since long before that. But it helped to nurture a mentality that promoted equal rights for women. They could study, work, vote, lead. They could do basically whatever they wanted – as long as they were supporting the party.

My grandmother, my mother, myself and my sister have never felt that we have been gender-discriminated against. We are all strong women and have experienced more success than the previous generation. My grandmother, unlike her mother in the early 1900s, went to school and went on to lead a team of workers in a factory. My mother was the first in her whole family to be accepted to study at a university. Me and my sister got the chance to travel the world and do things our mother couldn’t even dream of at our age.

So I was born in a society with a quite feminist-friendly mentality.

That was my privilege.

Of course other women did not share my luck and were born in countries where they are treated like second-hand citizens. They have the right to stand up for their rights. They NEED feminism.

So why does Emma Watson and other amazing ladies think we need feminism in CIVILIZED EUROPE/USA?

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Am I a feminist?

I am – by default. I was one even before I knew what the word meant.

All women are – right? Which woman would be against feminism?

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Turns out, there are plenty of women out there, in the WESTERN, CIVILIZED WORLD, that are anti-feminists.

And I was like: What? Hold up. What!?

To get an answer to my baffled WHAT!? I did some research, and my brain almost exploded when it was confronted with the most idiotic and illogic theories.

I will talk more about anti-feminism and why I believe it exists in another article (here – coming soon), because it is not the purpose of today’s story.

So the amazing women I mentioned before had a point. We need to be feminists, TODAY. Feminism is still being threatened and I am joining the ranks to keep promoting it and defending it. (check out my experiment on double standards – coming soon)

I am a feminist and I, just as the definition at the beginning of this article implies, fight against all sorts of discrimination because I believe FREEDOM is for every human on this planet.

Growing up in democratic Romania I thought FREEDOM was a given. For years I took it for granted. I could say that I was selfish, even though I did not know that I was doing it. Munroe Bergdorf was right – you cannot say that you do not discriminate if you do not do anything about the unfairness in the world.

I am a feminist and I am trying to make the world a better place through my actions and my writing.

I hope my readers feel and do the same. We need to work together to make OUR world a better place for everybody.

 

L.