Tetrarchangel: Timothy J Swann

'The man was supposed to be brilliant, but he had the coordination of a newborn kitten.'

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Psycomedia Demi-Episode 92 und ein kleinepig – The Old Spice Mines of Vincent Cassel

Psycomedia Demi-Episode 92 und ein kleinepig – The Old Spice Mines of Vincent Cassel Download: Psycomedia92dot92.mp3 References: Manaf, M. M. A., Ghani, E. K., & Jais, I. R. M. (2013). Factors influencing the Conception of Rumours in Workplace. Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2(6), 50-63. Rosnow, R. L. (1980). Psychology of rumor reconsidered. If someone […]

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I couldn’t believe there were no Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello gifs on here.

First Tom does the monologue from The Ghost of Tom Joad and points to himself when saying ‘you’ll see me.’

Then Bruce just struts over and they sing ‘the highway is alive tonight’ into each other’s faces. Such chemistry! Such power!

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Psycomedia Episode 92 – Time Travelling South African Idiot Kevin Pietersen

Psycomedia Episode 92 – Time Travelling South African Idiot Kevin Pietersen Download: Psycomedia92.mp3 References: Barber, N. (2001). Mustache fashion covaries with a good marriage market for women. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 25(4), 261-272. Hargan, J. (1935). The psychology of prison language. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 30(3), 359. Libin, E., & Libin, A. […]

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Odysseus Reviews New Albums for Pitchfork.com After Hearing The Sirens



Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito:
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have a knack for making a dreary, atmospheric song seem fierce and, undoubtedly, catchy. It’s the type of passionate popular rock music a person could enjoy if he hadn’t, say, strapped himself to the mast of a ship and forced himself to listen…

Hilarious, and also still better and more accurate musical criticism than Pitchfork.

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Psycomedia Episode 90 – Manipulandum

Psycomedia Episode 90 – Manipulandum Download: Psycomedia90.mp3 References: Blakemore, S. J., Wolpert, D., & Frith, C. (2000). Why can’t you tickle yourself?. Neuroreport, 11(11), R11-R16. Festjens, A., Bruyneel, S., & Dewitte, S. (2013). What a feeling! Touching sexually laden stimuli makes women seek rewards. Journal of Consumer Psychology. Robles-De-La-Torre, G., & Hayward, V. (2001). Force […]

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One aspect of Padme’s character that must be kept in mind is her age in the trilogy; she begins the story arc as a 14-year-old, and it must be assumed she led a sheltered life as a child and then moved into a position of high ceremony and heavy responsibility at a time of great psychological and hormonal upheaval - adolescence. When we next see her in Episode II, she is twenty-four, but, again, it seems clear she has a led a protected and rigidly controlled life; as a senator, it can be safely assumed that she would not have been allowed to date freely or have much of an un-chaperoned social life. Her relationship with Anakin thus becomes increasingly secretive and isolated, leading to a marriage that further isolates her from any kind of support network. Finally, in Episode II, as a 27-year-old, trying to balance her political duties and her still secretive marriage, she must then keep her pregnancy hidden, and her whole world is reduced to, essentially, Anakin who becomes increasingly controlling, paranoid, and obsessive.

Read through that lens, Padme’s character is disturbingly symbolic of the rising statistics of domestic and relationship abuse among young women in this country - the CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that, in 2003, 5.3 million women age 18 or over experienced Intimate Partner Violence (CDC). It especially concerned me to read several posts on two of the more popular Star Wars fan forums from fans that identified themselves as teenagers (under eighteen) or young adults (under twenty-five) that saw the ending as highly romantic because it showed just how deeply Padme loved Anakin. As one young fan wrote: “She just lost it; she gave up; now that’s love people. To love someone so much that to live without them would be death anyway. She lived long enough to give birth and name her children that were made with the love of anakin and her [sic]” (Angelhonest).

Padme’s giving up the will to live after Anakin’s betrayal is alarmingly analogous to the countless stories of women who lose their voices, independence, and their very souls in order to “keep” their lovers or husbands. Vanessa Bush, in her 2002 Essence article, reports that “approximately one in five girls ages 14 to 18 has experienced physical or sexual violence while dating” and “an astonishing 40 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 knew someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.” Young girls with little or no experience with relationships (like Padme, it must be assumed), consider dramatic, excessive emotions on the part of a boyfriend (like jealousy or an obsessive desire to always be in touch with her to “protect” her) to be expressions of his overwhelming, consuming love for her (Bush). Psychologist Jill Murray says of the rising statistics of teen relationship abuse: “What is most alarming is that the signs of potential abuse [from their boyfriends] are also behaviors that young women find most flattering” (7), like wanting to spend all his time with her and eventually isolating her from her friends and even family, which she often interprets as love (9). Given how many comments I read on the fan forums that were similar in tone to Angelhonest’s post (see above), it seems that this definition of love is an all too-popular one. That kind of love leads to a loss of identity and autonomy, as Padme’s character so strikingly symbolizes.

Diana Domingues, “Feminism and the Force: Empowerment and Disillusionment in a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies, ed. by Carl Silvio and Tony M. Vinci (Jefferson, NC: McFarland &Company, Inc., Publishers, 2007), pp. 109-133. (via womenofstarwars)

Overthinking It sort of stuff using Star Wars to talk about domestic abuse

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