Miss Good Enough

It’s unsurprising that women have been subjected to nearly impossible standards that sometimes clash with one’s conditions and circumstances. It’s one thing to try to control pimples and shave body hair to look clean but that makes somebody rather high maintenance to achieve something for a long time. It’s another thing to realise that even those with complete and severe partial androgen insensitive syndrome are imperfect in some way.

While they seem near-perfect (some can’t get even body hair and pimples at all) and others needn’t menstrual pads, but because they’re unable to give birth we shouldn’t forget that female childlessness and infertility are often stigmatised and as suspected as their genders are. Especially when it comes to sports with Caster Semenya, though her condition’s different, continues this.

As if these standards are so impossible that such men are better off with Miss Good Enough instead. Women can’t easily fulfill those either way and moreso if they have a condition. (PCOS intersects the problems of both body hair and infertility.)

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Skirts without pattern

Not necessarily easy at first but I think I mastered it well enough in a few years. Basically you sew the linings several times and then do similar for the hemlines and what’s intended for the waistband (if one were to intend on inserting a waistband into the opening at it). It started out simply then it grew more complex (for want of a better word) because I wanted it to look professional.

Maybe it didn’t look exactly professional but still decent enough since I spent a lot of time stitching on almost everything. The same can be said of my attempts at making a blouse and jacket, even sleeves. A little tricky but at least I have some experience there. Even if it’s rather unsuccessful (I used the fabric of a failed jacket to patch another skirt). I managed to make skirts without patterns though I made a pattern for a blouse by tracing another one over fabric.

Ancient Rome and Greece as they actually were

While the connection between paganism/animism/polytheism and witchcraft’s understandable in Christian/Islamic majority countries (to whatever degree) where such spirits get demonised and regarded as devils or djinn. Not so much where paganism’s the majority in countries like Nepal, India and Japan where there’s a fear of witchcraft regardless of the religion.

Though who knows if pre-existing heathenism may’ve influenced strains of Christianity and Islam. Alevism and the like are also thought to be influenced by shamanism as far as I remember and the Russian Orthodox Church’s tolerance for cats stems from both Islamic and pagan influences (when it comes to Veles).

Such heathen beliefs, if they still survive in Christian and Islamic majority countries, are practically marginalised and watered down, even muddied up with Abrahamic demonology. A chicken or egg situation. Since Japan’s not so extensively as Christianised as say South Korea, it gives a better idea of how Ancient Rome and Greece may’ve been like to a degree.

Similar things can be said of India and Nepal (to a degree as well) where as far as Chrsitian-Pagan relations go, Christianity’s a minority and one that’s being regulated even as it spreads. All three countries still heavily practise paganism and fear witchcraft. Japan fears vulpine witchcraft, Ancient Greece and Rome feared canine witchcraft (via Hecate).

Yet both foxes and dogs are also associated with less dubious characters like Inari and Artemis. (There’s a form of Japanese witchcraft involving dogs.) Ancient Greece influenced Rome like how India influences Japan. This gets evident in religious syncretism. It would also be parsimonious to assume that both Japan and Rome worshiped wolves (the Japanese word for wolf is okami).

And that contemporary Indian women’s clothing, especially the saree resembles what Ancient Greek and Roman women wore. Maybe not exactly but a good idea of how such garments could’ve been worn if surviving evidence for Greece and Rome aren’t enough. The fact that polytheism survived long enough in the mainstream in Nepal, India and Japan can give an idea of what Ancient Rome and Greece really were.

Not really simple…just useful

Tigra

I often feel as if making her more uncanny valley (that’s looking more animalistic) would be enough to desexualise her save for furries. To be honest, the Marvel Mangaverse version’s the only time where she actually looked like a tiger though it could be colourists taking advantage of such a technology. ‘Pawsy‘ interpretations of Tigra are just as interesting, in fact more interesting as it’s obviously less lazy and more creative too.

Somebody even said on 4thletter that the biggest problem is her character design. Almost as if there are repeated attempts to make her look more animalistic to get the point better as she’s supposed to be half tiger or something. I think this was demonstrated more clearly in one West Coast Avengers storyline where she’s turned into a cat. Not that John Byrne disliked the character but not when the presentation does her a disservice.

Admittedly, my ideal Tigra should not only have tiger paws and ears but also tiger stripes on her body and scalp hair. Actually since Tigra’s supposed to be hairy*, while I won’t be surprised if some cartoonists bothered to give her actual fur in canon (I think I saw one at Scans Daily), I actually think at this point Tigra should be one of those female characters easily getting away with body hair if she’s supposed to be lightly furred so.

Kitty Pryde

Whereas Tigra’s biggest problem is her character design (as if someone who preferred ‘Pawsy’ Tigra almost understood how a 4thletter writer felt about it), Kitty Pryde’s problem is that writers generally won’t go where she should logically go…that often. From what I’ve read, if you’ve got an irritable teenager trained to kill or fight with swords you’re left with a near-perfect assassin or serial killer.

She’s even depicted as one in Age of Apocalypse but that could also be one of the few instances of such. I also get the weird impression that suspicion and intangibility perfectly go hand in hand in that people are going to made uncertain and fearful if somebody has that ability at all. While this was shown fairly briefly with Kitty Pryde, DC’s Tinya Wazzo (who predated her) was revealed to come from an extradimensional world.

Not that suspicion’s entirely nonexistent with either of them but it’s played up straight with the latter. Not necessarily out of trust but rather the odd feeling of where she got it from. As for phasing characters that give you feelings of distrust or fear, the best known one would be The Ring’s Sadako if anybody remembers the scene where she goes through a telly. Heroes had a phasing criminal.

Kitty Pryde, if they went with it, wouldn’t necessarily be a villain but would have no issues with breaking the law (theft and murder) to serve her ends even if that makes her look selfish and mean. Even though these are necessary in making her less of a Mary Sue (giving her actual flaws beyond justifying her temper).

Wonder Woman

A little complicated at first. I think Tigra’s dilemma could be resolved if they made her more consistently uncanny valley so that cartoonists wouldn’t have to tweak her presentation often every now and then. As for Kitty Pryde, the only way to make her less Mary Sue is to have her commit criminal acts without remorse like murder and theft or pickpocketing to serve her own ends.

Even if that makes her look selfish but makes sense what else can she do given her training and proximity to people like Wolverine and Storm (who herself is a pickpockter) so writers could’ve made her unconsciously copy their actions. A female Robin Hood without trying in the sense of committing criminal acts for the greater good.

As for Wonder Woman, well I remember the biggest unsaid issue is that her presentation/character design doesn’t go well** with her intended background. That she’s blatantly a product of World War Two cements this. Almost as if she got redesigned with a solid coloured skirt to make her less dated and jingoistic in a way.

Which is the case with the Wonder Woman movie where it’s set in World War 1. That may’ve revealed the real problem in a way.

*The Thundercats were supposed to be hairy in the 1980s cartoon but one that’s more or less consistently fulfilled in the 2011 production where character designers and animators took advantage of what the original staff intended or wished to do.

**Volvagia
Yes, that’s part of it. Another, and this is the big one that’s pretty much ignored by everyone: Her costume and background do not go together. Her costume: Loyal patriotic American. Her background: Ancient Greek Warrior/Diplomat. How those two facets were EVER expected to mesh for as long as they have is baffling.

Sadik Hadzovic

A bodybuilder from New York City but one whose family came from Montenegro and/or Bosnia (depending on the source). Being formerly skinny, he struggled with insecurities and emulated those he felt he wished to be, which he ended up fulfilling himself when he took up bodybuilding for good.

When he first got photographed, that’s when his modelling and bodybuilding careers took off. For a while he dabbled in fashion and underwear modelling until the time he switched to a bigger bodybuilding division. He still models on the side (especially athletic clothing) though he has another business to keep himself paid.

It could be that he’s gotten much bigger so he’s not conventionally attractive anymore or so as they say*.

*Mig 55
The funny thing is, it’s more what men want to look like rather than what women want. Women would prefer him from a couple years ago if anything. dude is getting HUGE.

Two Indian Conglomerates

Aditya Birla Group

A prominent Indian conglomerate company as owned by the Birla family, member of the Indian trading caste. It’s behind several businesses such as fashion, textiles, telecommunications, cement and metals. Under the fashion part, it owns stuff like Peter England and Allen Solly, which were both formerly British brands.

Tata Group

The founder of this conglomerate’s actually born to a Parsi priestly family. Some of his own relatives have managed the Tata Group before. It’s behind several things like philanthropy, beverages (it has a joint venture with Starbucks), McGraw-Hill (also joint venture though it acquired stake too) and chemicals.

Dyed hair…the appeal died

I think remember reading at Tofugu on why so many Japanese women dye their hair. It’s not just due to fashion but because they don’t want to be harassed any further. Some would go on tanning their skins and bleaching their hair further with the intent of scaring molesters away. Tanned skin’s not popular in Asia and lighter hair, dyed or not, can be a turnoff.

Comes to think of it, here in the Philippines it’s not uncommon for Filipino women to bleach their hair at some point or another (my sister did) but black hair‘s still the ideal and even if there are FHM models with dyed hair, black hair’s more popular/common. Bleached hair’s not allowed in school. Albinism’s still stigmatised and misunderstood.

Then again that’s also true in India and China to a degree. Loving black hair and relatively pale skin, not lighter hair and skin (when expressed on locals).