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IT HAPPENED TO ME: I RECEIVED RAPE THREATS AFTER CRITICIZING A COMIC BOOK

kateordie:

gimpnelly:

I wrote a piece for xoJane about the business of being a woman in comics. Trigger warning (and a warning that some of the threats are included in the article).

Let’s give some attention to the woman actually dealing with these threats of violence and not just all the men writing about it, hey?

It is important that men in our industry have taken a stand about this issue, and I appreciative and am thrilled about it, make no mistake. I just want to make sure we’re listening to the women dealing with sexism every single day, too.

Contents Under Pressure

iamuhura:

ruckawriter:

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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Wow. Greg Rucka is super for reals not here for your sexist bullshit in nerd or geek communities. Also, something that stuck out to me was this passage:

"Portland Public Schools has a lottery system to get into its magnet programs. For two years, our daughter has been dreaming of attending one specific middle school, one that’s art focused. She’s been in a science-and-math magnet program, and she’s done very well there, mind, but the social aspect… it’s been grinding her down. She was looking to escape. She was looking to go to a place where, she imagined, she could be who she is and not suffer for it."

His daughter, thriving academically in the math and science program is looking to leave for an art program because the SOCIAL ASPECT (read: sexist microaggressions based on her gender) is wearing her down.

She’s 10.

And what’s devastating to me and so many others who will nod their heads while reading this post is that even if she overcomes this particular gauntlet and sticks with science and math? There’s going to be another one. And another one. And another one. All through high school, undergrad, graduate school, her first job, her entire career. Until she quits because she just can’t take another day of suffering to be simply who she is. Because there’s not enough support or resources or even people acknowledging that it is a *systemic* problem that needs to be addressed at every level.

How bad do things have to get?

alewing:

professorthorgi:

SUPER HERO BRAWL BRACKET - 

(Just to remind everyone, these matches are totally random and were literally chosen by rolling a dice)

Potpourri Brackets - Round 1 - The Flash Vs Spectrum

The Flash - Barry Allen was struck by lightning and exposed to a mixture of chemicals that turned him into the fastest man alive. For years he has served as a scientist for the Central City Police Department and as a member of the Justice League. 

Spectrum - Monica Rambeau was exposed to extra dimensional energies that allowed her to transform into any form of light energy, giving her incredible speed and an almost unlimited amount of energy blast. She has been the leader of the Avengers (regular and Mighty) and of Nextwave.

The Fight - This is another one of those fights that I can’t believe just happened to get lined up, because we have here the two fastest people on the bracket. Spectrum can move at the speed of light, and the old Flash used to be able to go much faster than that, but New 52 Flash is closer to her, but still probably a tad quicker. However, you can’t hit what you can’t touch, and just because he could keep up with her doesn’t mean he can hit light. The only thing he could do would be to vibrate his arms through her, which would hurt, but at most it would cause her to disperse and then pull herself together again at which point the fight would continue. After a few vibrating punches she’d be hurt, but after a few heavy energy blast, Flash would be down.

Winner - Spectrum

This is probably how it would go down.

I’ve not been reading the Flash lately, but one thought occurred while I was looking at this - when he runs faster than light, how does he see? For that matter, how does Monica see? One way might be if she ‘read’ electromagnetic waves as she moved through them, using them to get a ‘map’ of her surroundings - which would mean that, subconsciously, she had total situational awareness across vast distances, even when remaining in place. Huh. Is that physically possible, even with the mucky storified physics of the Marvel Universe? Could I use that in a story?

See, mucking about on Tumblr does help you work.

More thoughts - in a straight race, Flash would win. His charity would get the money, but it’s a terrible charity that’s actually one of the many scams of old-time Superman foe J. Wilbur Wolfingham. Barry has not researched his charity very thoroughly. He is publically shamed by this debacle. The Pied Piper tuts at him. Wally would never be so foolish, Barry. Wally was your superior in every conceivable way and anyone under thirty-five knows it, Barry.

Once he and Monica team up to sort it out, with Monica doing all the heavy lifting because she’s better than him at being a superhero, Barry takes back his winnings and donates them to Monica’s charity. Blade gives a thumbs up and says ‘FANGS for the donation, Barry’.

Everyone laughs. Freeze frame.

professorthorgi:

SUPER HERO BRAWL BRACKET - 

(Just to remind everyone, these matches are totally random and were literally chosen by rolling a dice)

Potpourri Brackets - Round 1 - The Flash Vs Spectrum

The Flash - Barry Allen was struck by lightning and exposed to a mixture of chemicals that turned him into the fastest man alive. For years he has served as a scientist for the Central City Police Department and as a member of the Justice League. 

Spectrum - Monica Rambeau was exposed to extra dimensional energies that allowed her to transform into any form of light energy, giving her incredible speed and an almost unlimited amount of energy blast. She has been the leader of the Avengers (regular and Mighty) and of Nextwave.

The Fight - This is another one of those fights that I can’t believe just happened to get lined up, because we have here the two fastest people on the bracket. Spectrum can move at the speed of light, and the old Flash used to be able to go much faster than that, but New 52 Flash is closer to her, but still probably a tad quicker. However, you can’t hit what you can’t touch, and just because he could keep up with her doesn’t mean he can hit light. The only thing he could do would be to vibrate his arms through her, which would hurt, but at most it would cause her to disperse and then pull herself together again at which point the fight would continue. After a few vibrating punches she’d be hurt, but after a few heavy energy blast, Flash would be down.

Winner - Spectrum

This is probably how it would go down.

I’ve not been reading the Flash lately, but one thought occurred while I was looking at this - when he runs faster than light, how does he see? For that matter, how does Monica see? One way might be if she ‘read’ electromagnetic waves as she moved through them, using them to get a ‘map’ of her surroundings - which would mean that, subconsciously, she had total situational awareness across vast distances, even when remaining in place. Huh. Is that physically possible, even with the mucky storified physics of the Marvel Universe? Could I use that in a story?

See, mucking about on Tumblr does help you work.

andrewhickeywriter:

manhood:

This could be us

Just so Americans sharing this know, the Sunday Sport is not the most reliable source of information in the UK. It used to regularly rip off stories from the Weekly World News of the World War II Bomber Found On Moon type, but since the WWN folded it’s been more stories like this and one headline that I saw shared the other day: Ten Years Ago The Lotto Made Me A Millionaire, Now I Suck Off Dogs For Quavers.

(Quavers are a type of corn snack).

Worth noting in context - a Something Awful article from several years ago: http://www.somethingawful.com/fashion-swat/tattoo-swat-revenge/8/

Punching a Woman in the Face - Part 2 of Feminism as Self Protection         

calamityjon:

Ulisas Farinas has written a pair of impassioned articles about the normalization of depictions of violence against women in comics and, more recently, underlining the self-delusion inherent in the recent posturing made in response to the rape threats against Janelle Asselin, a comics culture writer who had the temerity to criticize a Teen Titans comic book cover for being dumb (heads up, True Believers, those comics are dumb!)

It’s an undisciplined but honest pair of articles, and he makes some thoughtful points, like 

As an adult, I see men all around me, who write violence, who draw violence, who have never been infected (sic) by violence. Most women you know, have been victims of some sort of violence from a man. But where is Batman and the battered woman? Where is Captain America and the saddest conversation you can have with a girlfriend? Where is all the heartache, the pain, the disgust and the powerlessness?

And on the … well, christ, on the pointlessness of trying to shame bad behavior out of folks…

A man tells a woman he’ll rape her because its the only thing left where he can still have power. You ain’t gonna shame no dude into stop doing that. Shame is exactly why he does it. Dude knows exactly how offensive he is being. And if it offends his dude friends? They think, “That’s cause they’re little bitches too, so fuck them. I bet they can’t get laid, so they just pretend to be feminists to hang out with chicks.”

They don’t know what rape is, except from what they’ve learned from TV, comics and movies. They know that its extremely shocking, and so they can always rely on it to end the conversation.

As a reward for writing these articles, Ulisas been gifted with a lovely bouquet of “UNH ACTUALLY MEN GET RAPED TOO YOU KNOW!” responses, with such suddenness and ferocity that you’d think these guys were competing for the Gold in Missing the Point (I suppose I can inoculate myself against the same thing by adding: he never said they didn’t). He’s been given the greatest gift of all, being proven right by nimrods.

You know that joke - a woman is crying because she’s just received word that her sister and nieces died in a boating accident, and a guy walking by interrupts her; “Uh, excuse me, but men drown too, you know.”

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