BTS - Just One Day
I felt like this song got lost in the shuffle because of Boy In Luv, which got more airplay. It’s unfortunate—for me, anyway—as I’m not a huge fan of aggro guitars in kpop (which is why I also prefer Block B’s mellow jams to their thrashy singles) and I majorly side-eye all the wristgrabbing and pushing in that Boy In Luv video. So unnecessary, so upsetting. Ugh.
Thankfully, none of that problematic bullshit carried over to the Just One Day video. It’s minimal visually and plotless, which I am absolutely fine with, especially since a triggering video preceded it. The song itself is just a laid-back rnb number that makes me two-step all the way down to the office kitchen.
Kelly Rowland texting Nelly via Microsoft Excel and then getting annoyed when he doesn’t text back.
skylilies, I could go on rants for days about how much I hate the wrist grabbing and subsequent dragging of women in media. It shows up in more than just kdrama. It is the worst. It’s basically this symbol of masculine strength and power that the male lead wields when he’s throwing a temper tantrum about whatever the female lead is doing.
Rarely is it ever about getting her to physical safety.
One of the things that frustrates me the most is that it doesn’t take a lot of strength to get out of one. Grabbing someone by their wrist doesn’t actually allow you any control. With the right application of leverage and force, they not only are escapable—with very little practice, you can easily get out of one.
So, I’m going to teach you. It is very simple. When someone grabs your wrist, yank your arm or wrist or even ankle, as hard as you can, in the direction of where the Grabber’s thumb and fingers connect. This is where the grab is the weakest.
No matter how many times they try to maintain their grab, holding onto someone while they use their force against that point, is impossible.
Sometimes the first few yanks against the thumb don’t work. That doesn’t mean you should give up. If they can haul you around, you can pull hard on that weak spot until they are forced to let go.
As for the manicures >.>
Go for the eyes. It doesn’t take a lot of force or pressure to rake your
tiger clawsfingernails over someone’s eyes and ruin their vision. The eyes are one of the softest targets (the other being the groin) and are easily accessible.
You don’t have to a martial arts master to pull these off. I practice kungfu and I learned most of them in my white belt level classes. Even girls in high heels and pretty dresses, when they’ve been properly educated, can get out of a wrist grab.
I would love it if more dramas took the time to show wrist releases. I would love it even more if the boys stopped grabbing the girls.
Godfrey Gao’s GQ Taiwan March 2013 Cover
when haru decides she wants to record a song
"The Untold Renaissance": Ikire Jones Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook.
It’s all dapper hommes, suave strides and bold prints and patterns in Nigerian designer Wale Oyejide’s Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook for his brand Ikire Jones.
“This collection pays homage to 18th century textiles and tapestries while exploring the absence of persons of color in Medieval and Renaissance-era European art. Borrowing from the sampling method employed in hip hop culture, each reinvented piece tells an original narrative from the perspective of Africans who have been placed in an alien context. Through this reverse lens to the past, the present circumstances of individuals who feel displaced and alienated may also be considered.”
Crush - Hug Me (feat. Gaeko)
Those are some pretty sensual hugs you’re crooning about, Crush.
You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for a full album by Crush. Every time he’s done guest spots on his pals’ jams, I’ve loved them but I’ve also secretly wished that he’d drop an album of his own instead. There’s something about his voice that just makes me turn into a puddle (don’t even get me started on his falsetto, don’t even), so to have an album full of that voice that’s smooth as room temp butter? Mmmhmm, yes please.
2014 F/W Seoul Fashion Week
this is everything
Taeyang - Love You To Death
This is, hands down, my favourite song off Rise. It’s been on repeat since the album dropped yesterday. Taeyang said recently that Miguel was one of his main inspirations while making the album—I don’t really hear too much of that influence on the rest of the album, but it’s definitely there in “Love You To Death,” especially since Happy Perez is all over this track. If only they selected this song to get an upcoming video treatment instead of “Body” (sigh).
Infinite - Reflex
80’s-tinged Infinite is baaaaack. I love it. Like, this is immediate drag-and-drop-into-my-workout-playlist good. I gave their album a spin and was ambivalent toward the majority of it, but as soon as I got to this track, I broke into the stupidest grin. Infinite drenched in retropop vibes is my favourite kind of Infinite.
Gary & Jung In - Your Scent
I am so here for any Gary/Leessang release that features Jung In.
Teresa Teng - Live in Hong Kong (1976)
Oh hey, just gonna switch between Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, English songs and hey, why not play a flute too, NBD.
Teresa Teng, forever a legend. Y’all can have your Streisands or whatever.