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Saudi Arabian girls will be allowed to play sport in private schools for the first time in the latest in a series of incremental changes aimed at slowly increasing women’s rights in the ultraconservative kingdom.
Saudi Arabia’s official press agency, SPA, reported on Saturday that private girls’ schools are now allowed to hold sport activities in accordance with the rules of sharia law. Students must adhere to “decent dress” codes and Saudi women teachers will be given priority in supervising the activities, according to the education ministry’s requirements.
The decision makes sport once again a stage for the push to improve women’s rights, nearly a year after two Saudi female athletes made an unprecedented appearance at the Olympics.
What movie is this from I need it!
The scene: Natasha Romanoff has a chat with an imprisoned Loki. He is quick to be a total asshole to her. He berates her, mocks her past, and threatens to use the Hawk to kill her slowly and painfully. She seems visibly affected by this and must turn away to sob and utter “You’re a monster” while Loki grins, stating that it was S.H.I.E.L.D who brought he monster. Natasha instantly turns, tears completely absent on her face. It was all a ruse to learn what Loki’s plan was. She has gotten her information, she thanks the shocked Loki and leaves.
Two people in the scene. There are no explosions or badass fight scenes, no Iron Man or Captain America, just Nat and Loki.
And the scene is perfect.
1) It truly captures the power of Natasha. I hear a lot of hate on her character. Some say she has way too much sex appeal and is useless to the Avengers; she’s dull and uncaring and basically another hot body. Of course, I disagree completely. Nat was trained to show no emotion, she was trained to use her assets to her advantage to get what she needs. She’s a trained killer and spy. This scene not only shows her in her element, it shows that she has to ability to manipulate the manipulative. She completely turns the tables on Loki, leading him on to believe his empty threats scared her. The beauty: they do scare her. Loki means to use her best friend and possible (it’s not defined, but we all want it to be) love interest against her. He means to destroy him, and that kills her inside. That’s the only reason why she’s there to face him, to save her friend. He could have killed her, he didn’t, she owes a debt. But it’s so much more than that.
2) The camera work is fucking beautiful. The angles on Loki compared to Nat throughout the scene show exactly how Loki feels. He’s kept in low and neutral angles, he thinks he has the upper hand in their conversation. Natasha on the other hand is constantly shown at a higher angle than him. Loki sees her as weak, a stupid female with some crush. The angles of the camera make the audience feel that way as well. Suddenly, as soon as she finds out his game, the angles change. We can also never leave out the shot as pictured above. The was Loki’s reflection lines up with her face, it looks as though he’s sneaking behind prey. But she’s a Black Widow. She’s the real predator here.
3) Character development galore, anyone? Loki states the many things that a bewitched Clint has told him. Loki knows Nat’s every little secret. The fear that she expresses when she finds this out is genuine, she isn’t manipulating him there, she is truly shocked that he knows. It shows that she trusted Clint with a lot. While Loki knows this quite well, Nat knows that Loki is merely a puppet, someone is controlling him and pulling all the strings. She knows that he is only acting out because he needs petty revenge. Considering her past, Nat knows exactly where he stands, she’s stood there before. Any threat he throws, she has used before. Maybe not on him, but on others. She knows he’s full of bullshit, because in a way, she IS him, Nat isn’t a hero, she looks out for her. They both have something against each other, in that moment, they are both just as vile as the other.
4) Feminist awesome at it’s finest. An alarming amount of women think that acting like a girl is weak. Nat isn’t playing the badass spy who is just as tough as those stupid boys. She’s playing a girl who wants to reform herself. Her actions paint her out to be a damsel in distress, which lead Loki on. Her pouty lips, the small sob, in this moment she used the most girly tactics to receive valid information. Everyone can trust a weak little girl, right? What harm can she do? As I said before, she knows her assets and uses them. You see this in her first scene as well, but that one is for a whole other essay.
5) Loki stops smiling for once. This entire movie, Loki is shown as suave, cunning, and confident. He is a supervillian, and he makes it known. This is the first scene where he realizes there’s a chance he can lose, and damn does that scare him. Even though in the end, his plan did work out in his favor, Nat could have put an absolute end to it. Had she gotten the fact that Loki was manipulating Bruce two minutes earlier, he would have been foiled. It’s this exact scene that Loki realizes the power of his enemies. And it wasn’t even brought on by Fury or Thor. He fear is caused by a woman. Loki fears Natasha so much right there, and that led to his eventual downfall, the seed of fear and doubt that Nat planted in him
*Gets off soap box* I REST MY CASE!
Redraw the new IM3 movie poster! =DDDD
His oval face had lengthened and his once merry lips had adopted a fixed, firm line that spoke of stern resolve. His eyebrows arched under a single, pensive line and his eyes themselves were imprinted with deep sadness, behind which from time to time could be seen dark flashes of misanthropy and hatred.
His complexion, kept so long from
daylight and the sun, had taken on the dull tones that give such
aristocratic beauty to men of the north when black hair frames their faces.
Moreover the knowledge that he had acquired gave a look of intelligent self-confidence to his whole face. Though naturally quite tall, his body had taken on the compact vigor of one that has learnt to concentrate all its strength within itself.
-Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, Chapter XXII
Because I want to see Riddell in more episodes!
Animated Calvin and Hobbes
A number of months passed before Loki the Shape Changer was seen in Asgard again. And when he returned, ambling over Bifrost and blowing a raspberry at Heimdall as he passed, he had a colt in tow. This horse was unusual in that he had eight legs. He was a grey and Loki called him Sleipnir.
When Odin saw Sleipnir, he admired the colt greatly.
“Take Him!” Said Loki. “I bore him and he’ll bear you. You’ll find he can outpace Golden and Joyous, Shining and Swift, Silver-maned and Sinewy, Gleaming and Hollow-hoofed, Gold Mane and Light Feet, and outrun whatever horses there are in Jotunheim. No horse will ever be able to keep up with him.”
- The Norse Myths, Retold by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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