AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
Are You Naughty or Nice?
by Angelic Lopez '19
Don't Be a Drag: Male Illusionists
by Alizay Chavez '21
The first question I asked him was if there was a difference between male illusionists and drag kings. Saine replied saying, “I say male illusionist because more people could understand what it means more than drag king. Drag Kings aren’t so commonly known, so sometimes the term drag king is confusing. Male illusionist brings people more to the point.” It is true that most people don’t know what drag kings are. The next question I asked him was why he decided to become a male illusionist. He said that he is “bi-gender.” Bi-gender is a person who identifies as a female and a male. He also has a degree in theatre. He enjoys to entertain others. Being a male illusionist gives him the opportunity to show off his masculinity and to entertain others at the same time.
The next question I asked was about chest binding. Drag kings more than often have to chest bind to make their breasts appear flat like a male's chest. Saine said that he uses a chest binder in a size C. A chest binder is sort of like a super tight sports bra or shirt that compresses the chest; because it compresses, it shouldn't be worn for extensive periods of time or while exercising because it can cause damage to the ribs (such as cracking). Saine purchases his binders from www.underworld.com He also tape binds, but he said that it is not safe to do. Chest binding with tape can be dangerous because it can cause chafing and sometimes tear the skin. One method of chest binding that should always be avoided is the ace bandage. Ace bandages are hard to bind with because it comes out uneven and can cause damage to the ribs.
I also asked him about packers. A packer is a silicone penis with balls that is placed in the pants to give the appearance of a bulge. Saine does use packers and named his Fernando. By wearing a packer it makes him “feel more like a man, but it also changes [his] walk to be more masculine.” After that I asked about the way he has to change his body movements. He said that males are more opened (meaning their feet are often more spread apart than a females) and they take up more space. Justin Saine performs at least one to three times a week.
Below is a video of drag king Spikey Van Dykey.
Movie Review: Justice League
by Rocco Addington '20
The main problems that lie within this movie are due to the cuts made by Warner brothers. What we got in theaters was a highly condensed cut of the original film. The movie constantly cuts to big moment, to big moment, to big moment. I felt like this movie would have been way better if they just released the full version, so my hopes are high for the extended cut. Much like the other DC films they made everything look like it was made in a computer, usually I don’t have a problem with this but it took me out of the action completely. This fake looking cinematography is a result of Zack Snyder's film style.
One of the things that made me personally like the movie less is the problems with Batman and Superman starting with Superman; the way they brought him back is probably my least favorite part of the movie. It felt rushed and half-assed. They killed him off then immediately brought him back, there was zero shock value at all. Superman overall was just super out of place, and was brought back in such a sloppy way. Batman is my least favorite part of this movie, he was kinda useless. In Batman v Superman he was ridiculously awesome, but in this movie he was just there, he didn’t really do anything. They made him more like tony stark than Batman. The Batman that we got in the previous movie, that Batman was brooding, smart, and a fighting machine. The Batman we got in this movie was a joker, he was used more like comic relief than anything. I really wished they did more with him. Being a Batman fan this pissed me off a lot, but it doesn't really matter in the full scheme of the movie.
Despite all the problems with this movie this doesn't change the fact that this is a good movie. From the moment it started to the moment it ended I wasn't really disappointed with the movie, in fact I left the theater wanting to see it a again. One of the best parts of this movie is the jokes, me along with the theater were laughing and cheering the whole time. The jokes we great and funny, and their delivery was spot on. Unlike Thor: Ragnarok there was not a joke where I felt like it felt flat, and even though there was a lot of jokes it didn't throw the tone of the movie off. The characters in this movie were a huge upside, there was a lot of character development to all of the characters. For example Cyborg and flash, those two charters were by far one of the greatest parts of his movie.
They did Cyborg perfectly, he was portrayed as a man who is ashamed and also afraid of what he has become, and throughout the movie you'll see the brilliant character development and his journey to acceptance.
The flash was so good, I had low expectations after I saw how he looked in Batman v Superman, but after this movie I was super happy with how he turned out. I love how they developed his character, they made it clear right of way that he is a nerdy, caring and a heroic person. They portrayed him as a young man coming to terms with his mother's death and also finding out ways to help people with his powers.
This movie had a ton of great references to the comics, some were inside jokes, lines of dialogue, and in the background. There are so many I cannot list them all, so I'll just chose the green lantern one. I choose to do this one because, it's not a spoiler and it doesn't take away from the actual movie. I'm so happy how they added this in, the green lantern was not even on screen for a few seconds, but that's what makes it great. It was great because it didn't take away fro the scene, but also gave us enough screen time to make DC fans jump for joy.
Overall, this movie had some problems, but most of us can agree that this wasn't a bad movie by any means. This movie wasn't boring and confusing like Batman v Superman, or unfunny and sloppy like suicide squad. This movie was action packed and filled with great moments and personally I can wait to see it again. Once you can look past the bad CGI, the cuts made by Warner Brothers, and the change in directors you'll see a great movie. Much like wonder woman this gave me hope for the Future of the DCEU and gave me high hopes for all of the upcoming movies. This is definitely a movie I would recommend to everyone.
What the Heck is a Vulva?
by Sage Addington '18
Collectively, the external organs of the female reproductive system is known as the vulva. There are six parts to the vulva: the clitoris, labia majora, labia minora, mons pubis, and urethral opening.
The clitoris is only partially visible as it is actually almost four inches long and is mostly hidden from view within the female body; it is behind the labia and surrounds the vagina. The clitoris is made up of the clitoral head, the hood, the clitoral shaft, urethral sponge, erectile tissue, glands, vestibular bulbs, and clitoral legs. Externally you can only see the head and the hood of the clitoris. When aroused it is the bulbs and legs that become swollen and throbby.
The labia majora is basically the outside of the vulva. The labia majora consists of two large folds of fatty tissue that runs the lengthways of either side of the mons pubis to the perineum (the skin between the vulva and anus).
Like the labia majora, the labia minora consists of folds. The labia minora consists of two smaller folds within the labia majora; they surround the clitoris and form the hood that protects it. When a girl is aroused, the labia minora can fill with blood, swell and become erect.
The mons pubis is a pad of fat that lies protectively over the pubic bone. After puberty, it is covered in hair.
Because hair grows on the mons pubis people often “trim the hedge” or “mow the lawn” to keep things tame down there, but interestingly enough doctors at the University of California, San Francisco, have reported the frequent removal of pubic hair is associated with an increased risk for herpes, syphilis and human papillomavirus. Out of 7,500 men and women aged 18 to 65, people who have removed their pubic hair at least once in their lifetimes were nearly twice as likely to say they have had an STD at least once. “Extreme groomers,” meaning those who have removed all their pubic hair more than 11 times a year, were more than four times likely to say they have had an infection. Those who groom their pubes ever few months fell between the spectrum and were three times as likely to say they have caught something before.
Unfortunately, the study on how grooming links to STIs is a bit limited; studies have failed to include whether or not people were having safe sex or getting vaccinated for HPV, and whether they were diagnosed with a STD before they started grooming. Pubic hair is likely there for a reason and acts as a mechanical barrier like eyebrows; it traps bacteria and debris. You can remove it, but be aware that there may be a correlation between a lack of pubic hair and STIs.
My friends, male and female, didn’t realize that women don’t pee out of their vaginas. The opening of the urethra is located between the vagina and the clitoris.
The cervix is the narrow neck of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The cervix is typically the width of a pencil and allows sperm and period blood to pass through. During childbirth the cervix dilates and allows the passage of the baby. To determine how soon childbirth will begin after labor when one is pregnant, the dilation of the cervix is measured.
The Fallopian tubes are very narrow tubes that connect the uterus and the ovaries; the tubes open at the uterus and gradually get wider as they extends towards the ovary. Fallopian tubes transport male sperm cells to the egg, provide the environment for fertilization, and transport the egg from the ovary to the uterus.
Since the fallopian tubes are connected to the uterus, the tubes contain many of the same tissues as the womb. The outermost layer is called the serosa and is very thin, the second layer is the deep serosa, and the innermost layer is the mucosa. The serosa consists of a serous membrane and therefore secrets thin serous fluid from the serosa and lubricates the fallopian tubes, protecting them from friction with neighboring organs. The deep to the serosa has a muscularis layer the contains the visceral muscle tissue that allows the movement of the fallopian tubes.
The fallopian tubes also contain cells that have hairlike structures called cilia. Cilia helps move the egg and sperm cells through the fallopian tubes through it’s swaying motions and the muscular contractions of the tube’s walls work in a rhythmic fashion. Fertilized or not, it takes three to four days for an egg to reach the uterus.
The ovaries are connected to the fallopian tubes and play two major roles in the female reproductive system. The ovaries act as glands and gonads, producing estrogen other various female sex hormones. Estrogen is the hormone that controls the changes of the mammary glands and uterus during puberty, and stimulates the development of the uterine lining during a menstrual cycle.
When a woman is born her ovaries contain approximately two million eggs; women are born will all the eggs they are ever going to have. Although women are born with approximately two million eggs, thousands of them die every month prior to puberty. Around the middle of the menstrual cycle an egg is released and carried through the fallopian tube and to the uterus.
The uterus is a pear-shaped organ that is connected to the cervix and vagina. The upper portion of the uterus is a wider region and is called the corpus, or body, and is superior to the narrow area called the cervix. The corpus of the uterus is where a fertilized egg can attach itself and develop during pregnancy. Superior to the body, a domed region known as the fundus is above and connects to the fallopian tubes.
When a woman gets closer to ovulation, the uterus builds a layer of vascular endometrial tissue in preparation to receive a fertilized egg cell. If an egg cell is not fertilized by the time it reaches the uterus, it will pass through the organ and trigger the blood vessels of the endometrium to shed. Menstruation, or period, is the shedding of the egg cell and uterine lining. The uterus sheds its lining approximately every 28 days after a girl has hit puberty.
If an egg is successfully fertilized, it will implant itself into the endometrial lining where it will develop into an embryo and eventually a fetus. As the embryo develops into a fetus, a change within the endometrium is triggered, leading to the formation of the placenta. The placenta provides vital nutrients and oxygen to the developing fetus.
At the end of pregnancy and prior to delivery, hormones are released that trigger waves of “smooth muscle contraction.” At the same time as that, the cervix begins to dilate; the cervix dilates from less than a centimeter to around ten centimeters. Once the cervix is fully dilated, the uterus contracts drastically until the baby can be pushed out of the uterus, through the vagina, and out of the woman’s body.
Last, but not least, there is the trusty vagina. The vagina is a muscular neck that leads from the vulva to the cervix. It serves as a passageway for menstrual blood to come out once a month after puberty, forms part of the birth canal during labor, and is typically the sight of penetration during intercourse. During sexual activity the blood vessels in the walls of the vagina fill with blood and swell.
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