I saw the tweets about this today, and I was like oh yeah, I remember hearing about that.
And then I saw the pictures and just— wow. What it would have meant to have these women in the movie, all this time. I can’t properly articulate it but it’s hitting me unexpectedly hard.
D: Why. ^— This. My dad was super into airplanes and I just could never SEE myself as a pilot. Because all the movies we watched with pilots were guys. If I’d seen this as a kid… I’m not saying everything would be different, but it’s one more option I wouldn’t have discounted for no reason.
So, I don’t know if you all remember this article (5 Reasons to Date a Girl with an Eating Disorder)… But when I read it, I was outraged and shared my opinion about the article and author on my twitter. Then I signed on to see that this had happened:
Oh, but that’s not all. I found this article because the author tweeted Girls Gone Wild, who proceeded to mention me as one of their favorites.
And then, freaking out, I of course decided to browse the comments.
May all the evil fuckers harassing these women burn in hell. …I wish I believed in hell.
By now, fans and industry watchers will all have heard about cartoonist Tess Fowler’s accusations of sexual harassment against acclaimed author Brian Wood—accusations that are part of a much broader (and very fraught) conversation about gender in comics. This is something I care deeply about, so I feel compelled to weigh in. Bear with me.
I have never had a negative or skeevy encounter with a male comics professional. Not one. Not at cons, not at parties, not at meetings, not in green rooms or on panels. In fact, the vast majority of men I’ve met in the industry—including Brian Wood—have been both friendly and generous with their time and influence.
Then again, I dress like a nun. A nun with possible terrorist connections. Who has strabismus. So perhaps I’m not the best example. Nearly every other woman I’ve met in the industry seems to have horror stories about creepy run-ins with male colleagues and creators. In theory, a woman shouldn’t have to look like a strabismic nun with possible terrorist connections in order to be taken seriously in the comics industry, but apparently, that is what it takes.
What can one say? I almost don’t know where to start. When I began to take a serious interest in comics, back in the late 90s-early 00s (when I was literally still a baby…I first manned a booth at SDCC as a 19-year-old intern), misogyny was considered cool. By everybody. Including, it should be mentioned, women. Some of the most popular creators had semi-ironic harems, which when you think about it is not really ironic at all, but nevertheless, irony was used as the justification. I brought up the lack of irony in this ironic arrangement exactly once in an online fan forum and was immediately eviscerated by other women. How stupid was I for failing to differentiate between for-real misogyny, which is bad, bad, and ironic misogyny, which is really just a fun (fun!) way to shine a spotlight on future female creators? Everybody’s gotta start somewhere, right?
Where are these future female creators today?
You have never heard of them.
They were tricked. The casting couch doesn’t work. It was never intended to work. It was a hoax all along. But the great tragedy is that so many women were led to believe that they had to use sex and/or sexuality to make any professional headway. (Pun unin…okay whatever.) They were led to believe that the traditional routes to success (hard work, networking, talent) were literally closed to them.
This is what makes misogyny so pernicious: the tropes are so ingrained that they get buy-in from women themselves. If it was just a matter of naming and isolating the perpetrators of bad behavior, this would be a simple thing. But it’s not enough to remove skeevy guys and lecherous professional favor-traders from the con floors. We also have to remove them from our own inner monologues, from our own sense of self-worth. We have to stop telling ourselves that this is just the way the world works, because it isn’t.
There is nothing a man has to offer a woman professionally that can’t be discussed in a public place. Nothing. If he leads you to believe that you must sleep with him, flirt with him, or be with him behind a locked hotel room door in order to climb the professional ladder, he is lying. If I, the strabismic nun, can sit here waving my 2 Eisner nominations and World Fantasy Award, and be as weird looking and overclothed as I am, then lady, there is nothing you can’t do. On your own terms, by your own merits. Wearing what you like, when you like. End of speech.
Can I just say, the women Marvel hires to write their superheroes are damn good superheroes themselves. Make mine Captain and Ms. Marvel.
All good food for thought, but that last comment <3 SO TRUE. I love these ladies so much.
vivalaspoliticas asked: Thought i'd give my random two cents and respond to you saying lily allen's vid is racist: It's blatant SATIRE. the lyrics are supposed to alert you more to the objectification in the video. during the surgery scene she’s watching a video to see whats going on in modern music-- and is being taught to replicate it. The video is supposed to be a replica of whats going on in the music industry-- if not black women being objectified, who the hell would be twerking in the background?
Sure. It’s just bad, racist satire
Did you read the quote I posted from my friend? Satire only works if you are “punching down” - i.e., if you are mocking something “below” your status in culture. This is why political satire (like Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert) works so well - they are “punching up” at people with power in the world. If they were “punching down” at, say, the poor, and mocking their poverty, they’d get no viewers and yanked off the air. Because making fun of people who are objectively below your status in life isn’t okay - it’s just rubbing it in.
The great example from my friend was a janitor impersonating and mocking a CEO. That’s funny. It’s not funny, and really in poor taste, for the CEO to do the same thing. It doesn’t work because the power dynamics are reversed. This isn’t just a rule about comedy though. The whole power conversation is why, say, employers make policies against supervisors sleeping with employees, or why universities make polices against professors sleeping with students. The powerful abusing that power over others, whether for sex or comedy, is the issue at hand.
In Lily Allen’s video, she’s punching down at black culture, despite trying to only punch up at wealth. It’s because she didn’t consider race that her “feminist” response to the abundance of sexualization in the popular music industry is racist. When the things being sent up are exclusively/traditionally black expressions of wealth, and you’re mocking those things WITH BLACK WOMEN IN YOUR VIDEO, your video is going to be racist. End of story.
As I said, this would be different if Lily Allen had used men in her videos. Or if she herself were black. But, as it stands, she’s a white woman mocking black expressions of wealth, using black women who are “degrading” themselves in her video (while she’s dressed rather conservatively herself) for laughs. It’s just racist, plain and simple.
As is, by the way, your comment.
"If not black women being objectified, who the hell would be twerking in the background?"
You mean you do understand that twerking is not a white thing and that it’s a black thing? And then you understand that black women are being objectified in the video? But somehow that’s still an appropriate “satire” for you because it’s okay if black women are being objectified, as long as it’s a white woman saying that that’s a bad thing while she’s slapping a twerking ass on screen and laughing while champagne is being poured all over that same ass?
If you don’t think this is racist (it is), please ask Yo, Is This Racist?
I’m so torn about this. Because I want to believe this was intentional satire — that even though 1/3 - 1/2 the dancers (looks like there are more white dancers in the car scene) were not black the choice to slap the black dancer’s asses and have them be the ones with the champagnegasm was a comment on the difference of how the industry treats black dancers. I thought it was kind of great, a real jab at Miley types by having a mix of dancers but still showcasing the sexualization of the black ones. I was hoping it was a Comment on Race (though Lily’s comments today make me worried that wasn’t intentionally the case, sigh).
In the video, they are being coached throughout by the white guy music producer. He’s up there demonstrating the kind of ass shaking he wants, clearly dictating the gaze of the video. In the beginning, he’s pressured Lily into lipo, and plays the half naked dancers for her while she’s being operated on, telling her that’s what she needs to do. This guy is in charge the whole time, except maybe for the part where Lily is Vanna White-ing in front of the LILY ALLEN HAS A BAGGY PUSSY balloons. That seems like the only visual “fuck you” the video actually lets her give to the producer, who is nowhere to be seen on that set. I mean, she fellates a banana under his tutelage at one point. So as much as people are saying Lily isn’t sexualizing herself in the video, I think she is. At the end she even sucks her fingers into her mouth, the “shoot” ends, and she flicks them out at the camera and walks away in annoyance.
She also extends that sexual gaze to the asian dancer, who sits on the sink and poses coyly with her phallic object (lollipop) in her mouth for Lily’s instax camera (which is a whole scene on gross conspicuous consumerism… gold bars, champagne to clean hubcaps, kitschy overpriced camera as obvious product placement). Dancers with both light and dark skin rub money over themselves. I don’t think these things (money, gold bars, cars, alcohol) are “traditionally black expressions of wealth”. I see those things as just “expressions of wealth” in general. Ashton Kutcher pimps pricey cameras on TV, whitebread female celebs do a Carls Jr ad half naked on a car with sauce dripping onto her breasts.
I also disagree about the “don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cause I have a brain” bit. It’s a bit poorly timed within the video realm, but the “for you” lyric is what stands out to me. Shake your ass. Shake your ass for any reason you please. But I don’t need to shake it FOR YOU, Mr. Misogynist, as though that’s all I’m good for. That’s what I took from it. In this point, I see a lot of people saying she’s insulting her dancers. I guess if that’s what they think they do, just shake their asses, then maybe. But I bet they’re trained and talented in more forms of dance than the “shake your ass so it jiggles real good” variety. I think the lyric applies to them, too. I thought she was speaking to the general bullshit notion that a musician or dancer or whoever needs to shake her ass for the sexual gratification of the male gaze (“you”) instead of clever lyrics, music or choreography or other thoughtful professional approach to [insert field]. But he’s making/coercing her. In the music video, he’s brought this pre-packaged concept in to her — she sees it in the operating room before the filming even starts so it’s clearly a recycled video — and she has to conform or not get the Lenno gig or the Kimmel gig/watch her career end.
In the scene where she and the dancers are around the car, she’s wearing huge furs like she’s actually become The Man in this situation. She’s clothed, she’s imposing, she has vulnerable women around her… she is complicit. The producer has sort of made her into him.
Except she’s still not. She throws off the coat, and backs her ass up against the car, she joins the dancers in bending over and showing her (admittedly: more covered) legs, ass and vag to the camera. A pink-haired white girl gets her ass slapped with money by a black girl. I’ll admit I wish there was some of the producer character coaching Lily to slap the dancer’s ass… not everyone might get the Cyrus VMAs reference here. I might laugh too in that situation — how awkward to hit another woman’s jiggling butt, even with her permission… hell, I laughed nervously at first when I was getting sexually assaulted because that is how I’ve learned to passively diffuse awkward or strange situations for everyone involved. She throws off the coat and brings in the balloons and dances like a dork.
I don’t want to say it’s not racist, because that’s not my place and I can see that reading of it (ie “the satire was not good”). But I saw more nuance in it than that, personally. Lily said today, “If I could dance like the ladies can, it would have been my arse on your screens; I actually rehearsed for two weeks trying to perfect my twerk, but failed miserably. If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too, but I do not and I have chronic cellulite, which nobody wants to see. What I’m trying to say is that me being covered up has nothing to do with me wanting to disassociate myself from the girls, it has more to do with my own insecurities and I just wanted to feel as comfortable as possible on the shoot day.” I’m not sure that’s an excuse? But that came through prettttyyy loud and clear to me. Girl clearly is not a good/confident dancer (her dancing in the balloon shots.. and even her choreography isn’t “working it”) and her “…I just had two kids…” comment made me feel like this was a personal choice. She is not a professional dancer. She is a singer/musician. Are we saying that she should have to bare her ass or no one can? The women around her are professional dancers who have said they felt they were playing the role of male-gazey dancer, and even the white dancers are in bikinis and humping the scenery unnecessarily.
Why would she use male dancers? Wouldn’t that just give the appearance of an “objectify everyone and it’s fine, we’re even” tone? I’d like to think the sarcasm of her “Don’t you want someone who objectifies you?” lyric applies to both men and women. Wouldn’t she be a bad ally by allowing those jobs to go to men instead? And… should any non-black women be twerking in this setting? Because last I heard Miley got flack for that kind of appropriation. Wouldn’t that be seen as not just appropriation but bad feminism by taking away a paying dancing job (potentially of her own culture) from a black woman?
Also, Stephen Colbert DOES make fun of poor people. Him enacting the asshole conservative is what brings to light the asshole conservatism. His character does, as you say, “punch down”. But the context of the punching down is what usually transforms his gross portrayal into “punching up”. Satire is about taking something to its logical extremes (“A Modest Proposal”). Do you really think Lily Allen is showing you all this so you go “Mmm, yes, those dancers should dance up on me”? Everything that’s phallic in this video gets near a woman’s mouth or is fellated, all the dancing is hyper sexualized, everything is a gratuitous product placement or staple of popular portrayals of consumerism. Like Colbert, she may be acting out a “punch down” but the context transforms the meaning. The janitor in your example is parodying the CEO. If the CEO tried to parody the janitor, it’d be terrible. But what if the CEO took a CEO character to the extreme (“you’re worthless! We couldn’t function without you and we’d wallow in our filth if you left us, but you totally deserve to be paid less! *maniacal mustache twirl* PROFITS! PROFITS, NYAH! LET’S HIRE A DOG TO CLEAN INSTEAD, IT’S CHEAPER.”) to illustrate how fucked up that line of thinking is… yeah. That’s funny and self-deprecating. It’s like rape jokes. Don’t make fun of the rapee, make fun of the rapist or rape culture. Those are acceptable rape jokes. Take the rapists’ fucked up mentality to an extreme to show how messed up it is. You’re taking on the logical extreme viewpoint of the rapist but still clearly making fun of them and not the victim, because of context. I don’t see this as Lily Allen making fun of twerking/black culture/black women, but of exaggerating the role they (and other women!) are being asked to play in the music scene.
I don’t want to silence anyone’s voices on this, because I think this conversation is really interesting/healthy and I do see the argument that ~taking something to an extreme is still giving exposure to that negative idea~. But I respectfully disagree in my interpretation. I’ll have to keep reading people’s analysis to see if that changes.
"There’s never been a more frustrating time to be a socially progressive fan of Marvel Comics. Not because its many titles are conservative or hateful — just the opposite, in fact. Marvel’s printed superhero books are more ethnically diverse, feminist, and queer-positive than they’ve ever been. The frustration comes because, even as Marvel’s printed offerings are looking forward, its popular live-action movies and TV shows feel like relics from a lily-white, male-dominated, straights-only past. It’s time for Marvel to push its onscreen output into the 21st century by learning from its own source material."
Marvel’s Diversity Problem — Vulture
Reblogging because a few of my followers have been pointing this out recently.
And DC fans are off in a corner crying :(
Chris Traeger arrives at an important part in the development of a male feminist
If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones. (x)
*TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE*
"Go ahead and call the cops- they can’t unrape you”
Imagine being a 13 year old girl who has been raped. By multiple boys. And your rape was filmed and then shared on Facebook, where an audience of thousands of anonymous users watched your personal strife. The next step would be to go to the police – and so you do. And their response? To ask what you were wearing. And then dismiss your rape, saying there’s not enough evidence to proceed.
That’s what happened to a 13 year old young woman who was raped two years ago.
She was the victim of Roast Busters, a group of boys who secretly filmed themselves gang raping intoxicated underage girls. They then humiliated these women by bragging on Facebook – posting videos and sharing the personal anguish of these women with an audience of thousands.
The police are saying there’s not enough evidence to convict these Roast Busters, so they won’t charge them. But, it’s now come to light that one of the rapists is, in fact, a local police officer’s son. And that in the past few years 4 victims have gone to the police – and their voices were consistently ignored.
It’s clear that the police force isn’t doing its part to find justice for these young women. These young women are being dismissed by the official body that is supposed to support those in need – and they have nowhere to turn to because of a lack of proper support services for victims of assault.
That’s why we need Prime Minister John Key to step up and do the right thing.
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signal boost this shit
piece of shit scum think they’re hot shit just because of nepotism. i want to see them locked away for the rest of their fucking lives
I hope they kill themselves in front of that very audience
this honestly made me sick to my stomach
com’on guys,take a break from reblogging whatever the hell you usually blog and help bring these dickholes behind bars
slamming this hard. this is more or less a clear representation of how piss poor the nz justice system is here for rape victims in particular.
there’s also a high chance that every single one of these filth will walk away from this unscathed.
the rape culture here is fucking vile.
The Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association is a non-profit that’s looking for a new way to bring attention to a group of pioneering women whose accomplishments were hidden from the public for thirty years after they were released from service. But their attempt to bring a parade float honoring World War II’s WASPs to a nationally televised event is turning up short of funds a mere days before their deadline.
Highlight (emphasis mine): “The families of the 38 women who died were not allowed to display gold stars in their windows, because their daughters were not recognized as veterans.
The WASPs received a letter informing them that their service was over. Two days after that letter came, ‘several of us received letters from aircraft companies inviting us to come and be stewardesses,’ remembers [Alyce Stevens Rohrer]. ‘I was so angry, I tore that letter up.’”
You can donate, like I did, here.