Posted 2 days ago
To clarify, do you hate Diana herself in the Brian Azzarello run, or just the background of her story? I can understand grievances with her portrayal in Justice League under Geoff Johns, but I would mainly like to refer to Diana herself in her solo book, as I believe it actually stays true to the core of her character. Oh, but I'm not assuming your discontent is with her herself, I would just like to know if it is and your reasoning behind it.
necronomics asked

renaroo:

Well. That’s an interesting assumption.

I’ve gone into this more than a few times before but basically I have no connect with this Diana under Azzarello. This is less my gripes with not liking how much more brutal and bloody Diana is — though that’s part of it — but it all circles back around to feeding directly into how this characterization of Diana is really the best you can hope to get from the fundamental changes of her background.

It comes down to the fact that Diana and the Amazons were once a subversion of what the societal expectations for women, heroism, and feminism were — whether you agree with Marston’s vision of empowerment or not he took the classic trope of “submissive women” and based an entire best selling comic around the idea that because of womanhood’s nature and submissiveness and kindness, they were stronger and more powerful than “the patriarchy.” Filter that by 50 years of women’s rights movements and the evolution of narrative story telling, you have a fusion of classical mythology and the unending problems of society in several courts, especially sexism, racism, and that oh-so-terrible “p” word.

Diana’s power was always derived from her sisters and goddesses. They raised her, taught her, and inspired her to be the hero for not just womankind but the world. And the Amazons themselves were a multifaceted and complex culture — yes men were absent from their society on Themyscira, but that was because the women were all reincarnations of women who had died at the hands of abusers and domestic violence, Hippolyta herself being the first woman to have ever died from an abusive husband (Diana’s soul being that of her unborn child).

I use this quote from Simone’s run a lot but I can’t help but feel that it’s the perfect summation of not just Diana but of the Amazons as a whole.

We have a saying, my people. ”Don’t kill if you can wound, don’t wound if you can subdue, don’t subdue if you can pacify, and don’t raise your hand at all until you’ve first extended it.”

The idea is never that women are better than men or that Diana herself is better than humanity (though you could debate whether or not that was Marston’s original purpose), but that sexism is so ingrained in our society and even the women of our world that the only way that Diana could truly be free from that is that her origins and her rearing are removed from those influences entirely. The sexism and poverty and racism of our world doesn’t make sense to her. And she wants to help because she’s seen and she knows that humanity is capable of better.

Never once is that apparent in Azzarello’s Diana, and that’s for a very interconnected reason.

I once read an article — I think maybe by Chris Sims — talking about how the author knows to be cautious when approaching a Superman story without Superman having the curl on his forehead. That curl is an “S”, a detail that was invented very early in Superman’s creation so that the iconic “S” is present from every angle, even close up panels. When a creator doesn’t realize that and doesn’t put that in the story, they’re not thinking through all the details.

Even before the Amazons were revealed to be rapist murderers and child enslavers, I couldn’t get into Diana’s character because of the change of that one detail — giving her a father — in the origin. Already, it told me Azzarello hadn’t thought enough about the character’s concept or personality to really “get” why such a detail was important.

But then you add to that the layer that the Amazons are unredeemable and arguably responsible for more vileness and evil than any of the admittedly fun villains Diana’s faced. Suddenly the framing is even worse because now the story can be summed up as “Wow, I’m really glad I learned that I had a god-king daddy where my real power comes from, because women supporting women and raising women are completely evil

Basically, women independent from men are evil monsters. It’s a stereotype that’s old as dirt, but to put that awful stereotype on the canon origin of the embodiment of womanhood changes everything about that character from top to bottom.

To put it in similar terms, take the equally awful and untrue stereotype “men can’t raise children by themselves, they’re only fatherly with a woman by their side, so that man wanting to raise a child by himself is obviously a pedophile.” That’s awful. But it’s a very common stereotype still with no real basis. Bad enough that exists, but what if, to add extra angst and awfulness to his back story, that’s the canon relationship they gave Bruce Wayne with Alfred Pennyworth.

Or how about “people who live out in the country are ignorant, racist, and stupid — they’re more likely to be serial killers than pleasant people who aren’t Neo Nazis.” Again, as someone who grew up rurally, I can tell you this is not only not factual, but is rampant among people. Now imagine if that’s how they characterized Ma & Pa Kent.

It’s only “logical” then to make Bruce more paranoid and aloof in this version, or that Clark would be an ignorant asshole. They could still be heroes and even characterized good, but they’d have this harder edge you couldn’t get over because it reminds you of that unnecessary and vile addition to their characters.

That’s my relationship with Azzarello’s Diana. And it’s why Diana God of War will never be my Wonder Woman.

My Diana was the Goddess of Truth.

Posted 4 days ago

itswarholactually:

acarback:

"Hey nerdlords" by chaeronaea on Twitter.

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Posted 4 days ago
janetmock:

Frankly, the mischaracterization of the glorious Mrs. Huxtable as “benign” and “reassuring” turned me into an angry black woman. One of Clair’s most admirable qualities — something I took notice as a child growing up in the early ’90s — was that she never bit her tongue. Her ability to express her frustration with the world and slay anyone in an argument, including her husband, her children and any person who disagreed with her views of the world, was aspirational. And seeing this vocal and sharp portrayal of a black woman and TV mother on primetime was revolutionary.
—from my latest essay, In Defense of Clair Huxtable & the Angry Black Woman In TV & Beyond

janetmock:

Frankly, the mischaracterization of the glorious Mrs. Huxtable as “benign” and “reassuring” turned me into an angry black woman. One of Clair’s most admirable qualities — something I took notice as a child growing up in the early ’90s — was that she never bit her tongue. Her ability to express her frustration with the world and slay anyone in an argument, including her husband, her children and any person who disagreed with her views of the world, was aspirational. And seeing this vocal and sharp portrayal of a black woman and TV mother on primetime was revolutionary.

—from my latest essay, In Defense of Clair Huxtable & the Angry Black Woman In TV & Beyond

Posted 4 days ago
Posted 4 days ago
thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

beedomi:

these three will be the death of me

Tiny Gay Laura is lucky to be part of an OT3
Her lesbian vampire girlfriend can give her a boost whenever she needs to kiss Tall Gay Danny on the lips <3

Oh my god, look at this adorable artwork!

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

beedomi:

these three will be the death of me

Tiny Gay Laura is lucky to be part of an OT3

Her lesbian vampire girlfriend can give her a boost whenever she needs to kiss Tall Gay Danny on the lips <3

Oh my god, look at this adorable artwork!

Posted 4 days ago
professorfangirl:

queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.
Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues
aaaand she had a pet cheetah

aaand she slept with Frida Kahlo.

professorfangirl:

queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.

Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues

aaaand she had a pet cheetah

aaand she slept with Frida Kahlo.

Posted 4 days ago

Can I just say Gargoyles needs to rebooted because almost all the female characters are badass motherfuckers?

seekingwillow:

ktobermanns:

kirbily:

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First you have Elisa being a badass detective, solving crimes and shit, literally kicking ass all over Manhattan.

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Then there’s Demona who goes around with fucking laser guns, who doesn’t give two shits about fucking the city up.

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And there’s Fox, who’s a fucking ninja mercenary and goes hand gliding onto mother fucking flying fortresses while fucking pregnant.

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Don’t forget Angela, badass in her own right, who will fuck you up if you mess with her family.

And those are just first-tier characters. 

There’s also Maria Chavez, latina police chief

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Diane Maza, Professor of African Studies at Colombia University who, coincidentally, goes to Nigeria to undergo traditional storyteller training, and mom

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Beth Maza, anthropology student

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Anastasia Renard, ridiculous biogeneticist who, spoilers, is also the Fae Queen Titania

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Hyena, who is completely batshit insane evil, but how often do we get to see truly offputting female villains? 

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The Weird Sisters, who are basically calling the shots on everyone in the show ever

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Princess Katherine, who is a fucking monarch in medieval Scotland, politician, and general all-around decent human towards the gargoyles in a story where xenophobia is a recurring theme

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And Margot Yale, who yes kind of sucks as a person but is still an Assistant District Attorney in NYC and shows up multiple times

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These are just the ones I pulled of the top of my head! I am leaving out SO MANY FEMALE CHARACTERS, guys! And despite all being able-bodied ladies, they’re different races, personality types, occupations…It’s good stuff. 

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It is good stuff. Gargoyles was really good stuff. And there are many other female characters, reoccurring or not. But the point is if Gargoyles (like so many other shows) were remade today, we likely wouldn’t GET all the coolness.

Gargoyles matches a time and a place where the creators were giving a damn - and even then, it got cancelled and shifted to comics.

But if they had trouble believing there were viewers enough to make money THEN, what would they do to it NOW, when programs like Young Justice and Green Lantern Corps aren’t kept? And where Korra is a second tier character in her own damn show and gender equality in the Avatar world apparently went backwards through the decades.

By all means, praise the show. It was a good show. Talk about how we need MORE LIKE THIS; now, today, in the present. But the last thing Gargoyles fans need, is a REMAKE; where undoubtedly, given it’s Disney and how they’ve carved their world into; white princesses for girls, star wars and marvel for boys - what do you mean you want Gamora or Nebula or Black Widow or Pepper or Agent Carter on a t-shirt? What do you mean where are the WoC who aren’t green?

There’s already a generation who think James T. Kirk was a skirt-chasing dude bro, pick-up-artist, slimy, doesn’t understand the word no, sex’ em and forget ‘em, abuse the chain of command, sexual harassment asshole.

Gargoyles doesn’t need that treatment. I don’t need to see Eliza Maza in her undies for no reason but pixalated male gaze fan service. Or any of the above mentioned characters, whitewashed or twilight-washed with sparkles.

ALL OF THIS.

I will stick with any DVDs I can buy of this series. I don’t want Eliza Maza whitewashing or made into some weaker character along with the other female characters on this show.

Posted 4 days ago
Posted 4 days ago

toodrunktofindanurl:

anamatics:

max33452:

Do Vampires Get Their Periods? / Carmilla PSA / U by Kotex

sorry for all the bad jokes

DON’T BE THIS IS GLORIOUS

Posted 4 days ago

Carmillapocalypse!!

hotladypants:

Morning my dear Creampuffs,

Since the press release just went out, we can fiiiiiiinally talk about our ~mystery backer~ and what we can concretely do for a season 2.

Some of you have guessed it was U by Kotex from the “save the undies*” posters in the episodes, some of you…