I want to push past the threshold and escape from the cold, watch as those misty vapors disappear while the heat blankets me. I want to struggle balancing the tree, hear a heavy sigh leave my lungs as I wipe my brow and get ready to thread the garland, hang the ornaments and sprinkle the tinsel, teetering as you hold me around the waist while I top it off with a star, or an angel, or something silly. I don’t mind.
I want to spend the day whipping batter and mashing potatoes, preheating the oven and laying out the platter, shrieking as you try to toss the gizzards at me while I retaliate with flour smudges on your cheeks and wherever else I can reach before you catch me.
And after we eat I just want to spend the night in your arms watching time pass by while we remain standstill, admiring but not taking part, seeking refuge in the company of each other.
all women were bigger and stronger than you
and thought they were smarter
women were the ones who started wars
too many of your friends had been raped by women wielding giant dildos
and no K-Y Jelly
the state trooper
who pulled you over on the New Jersey Turnpike
was a woman
and carried a gun
the ability to menstruate
was the prerequisite for most high-paying jobs
your attractiveness to women depended
on the size of your penis
every time women saw you
they’d hoot and make jerking motions with their hands
women were always making jokes
about how ugly penises are
and how bad sperm tastes
you had to explain what’s wrong with your car
to big sweaty women with greasy hands
who stared at your crotch
in a garage where you are surrounded
by posters of naked men with hard-ons
men’s magazines featured cover photos
of 14-year-old boys
tucked into the front of their jeans
and articles like:
“How to tell if your wife is unfaithful”
“What your doctor won’t tell you about your prostate”
“The truth about impotence”
the doctor who examined your prostate
was a woman
and called you “Honey”
you had to inhale your boss’s stale cigar breath
as she insisted that sleeping with her
was part of the job
you couldn’t get away because
the company dress code required
you wear shoes
designed to keep you from running
And what if
after all that
women still wanted you
to love them.
For the Men Who Still Don’t Get It, written 20 years ago by Carol Diehl.
She wrote a post about the history of this poem that is worth reading.
One week ago, I made a survey to poll the RWBY fandom’s opinions on the first season - their favorite characters, ships, and more. I’d intended to give it two weeks to compile results, but new participants have dried up to a trickle - so here are the results! (You can still take the survey, if you want).
All told, in one week the survey chalked up 817 responses. Here’s how they break down.
I was expecting this result, but, since it had been posted on general Rooster Teeth communities as well as RWBY communities, not nearly this one-sided! Out of over 800 responses, only 20 hadn’t seen the whole show.
2.) Which was your favorite of the four pre-series trailers?
Top response: Yellow (37.1%)
Second place: Red (31.6%)
This isn’t much of a surprise either. With the music remixing all of the other themes and three different types of battles (1 v Many, 1 v 2 and 1 v 1) the Yellow trailer was the most popular of the bunch. There was a huge gap between the first two and second two, with Black just squeaking behind White for last place.
I was curious if the trailer results would carry over into character favorites…
3.) Who was your favorite member of Team RWBY/Team JNPR?
Top response: Blake Belladonna (30.4%) / Nora Valkyrie (45.2%)
Second place: Ruby Rose (29.9%) / Pyrrha Nikos (23.1% )
…to answer the previous question, nope! While the Black trailer had been the fandom’s least favorite, Blake edged out Ruby as the favorite of the main quartet. Yang was only a few percentage points behind the other two, taking home more than a quarter of the vote - but poor Weiss didn’t fare nearly as well, with only 14% choosing her as their favorite.
On the JNPR side of things, it was much more one-sided: A whopping 45% of responders called the cute and dangerous Nora their favorite. Pyrrha narrowly beat out Jaune for second place by little over three percentage points, and the quiet Ren brought up the rear with just under 12% of the vote.
3a.) Who was your favorite secondary/tertiary character?
Top response: Sun Wukong (34.9%)
Second Place: Penny (23.4%)
The duo from the final two episodes fared extremely well here, with over a third of responders choosing lovable rogue Sun Wukong for their favorite, and just under a quarter picking quirky possible-robot Penny for the same. Roman Torchwick and Professor Ozpin followed at 14% and 11% respectively, and Velvet Scarlatina’s single scene of relevance put her ahead (3.3%) of Cardin Winchester (0.8%) and Glynda Goodwitch (1.4%).
3b.) Who was your favorite character overall?
Top response: Blake Belladonna (17.8%)
Second place: Ruby Rose (16.3%)
The top of the general character poll looks very familiar to the top of the RWBY Team poll, with Blake in the lead followed by Ruby and Yang. Weiss doesn’t fare as well with the increased options, slipping to sixth place behind Jaune and Nora, and barely edging out Sun.
Interestingly enough, despite losing to her in the Team JNPR-specific poll, Jaune beats his teammate Pyrrha quite handily here.
Every character got at least one vote as someone’s favorite, including Black trailer-only Adam Taurus - every character, that is, except Yellow trailer-only Junior Xiong, who picked up 0% of the vote. Better luck next time, Junior.
(WAY more questions under the cut: Ships, weapons, and more)
Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest. White is cold and always yearning, burdened by a royal test. Black the beast descends from shadows. Yellow beauty burns gold.
HERE IT IS. I’m announcing my little secret project. I will be 8-bitting all of the RWBY trailer themes (Red Like Roses, Mirror Mirror, From Shadows, I Burn). The “RWBY” tag will get the track a few days prior to me uploading it on my new YouTube account(YouTube version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJh-dssWcLU) with full artwork on the thumbnails provided by sprite artist Immaevilspacewhale, so I’ll post the link to that whenever I get around to uploading it! I also have it uploaded on my Soundcloud, so you should go check that out as well!
Music by Jeff Williams, vocals by Casey Lee Williams, original piano arrangement by TehIsher, 8-bit arrangement by me!! :D
Rapturous-rhapsody was wonderful enough to let me use their vibraphone cover of “I Burn” and make it into an 8-bit mix. I’m gonna be using this audio post to gauge interest from the fandom to see if I should make a full cover of it. I’m rather content with how it came out (for a demo).
And yay my first true contribution to the RWBY fandom huzzah.
Huh, I’m impressed. Transcribed entirely by ear (so far), and threw in a very unusual but fitting drum pattern that almost gives it that Mega Man chiptune style! I find it to be pretty catchy, so I hope you all feel the same way! It really bugs me to type this since my hands are freezing (fittingly since this is the snow princess’s theme song).
If you want an MP3 of this sample, just send an ask my way (with an email) and I’ll send it to you directly from me!
(I might actually stick with this style for the remainder of the RWBY trailer music 8-bit project for the sake of continuity, so I might remake Red Like Roses… again…)
And the last of the four songs I’m going to cover is finally here in.. err.. the form of a demo..
If you haven’t heard the rest in my series of demos and cover(s), you definitely should! I’m currently in the process of remaking Red Like Roses since I wasn’t too satisfied with the arrangement I worked on. Here are the demos (and one full song) conveniently linked below:
(a big reason why I haven’t further arranged this project and have actually put it on hold is because I’ve wanted to refine my sound. Now that I have a better understanding of how I want to arrange my covers, I can finally go through and complete them with a sort of refined sound as opposed to my Red Like Roses cover)