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I can honestly say that I don’t fully trust any comic fan who genuinely likes the Superman/Wonder Woman pairing.

brinconvenient:

fandomsandfeminism:

Just….no. No. Nope. Noooooo no. 

OMIGOD PREACH! It’s just so … wrong and pandering and … fucking hell, it’s Clark and Lois forever.

Although, I did like the “Kingdom Come” Clark and Diana…

Likewise.  I thought it worked in Kingdom Come, but that was a one off book, almost like an AU story.  In a regular series?  No.  It just seems like the writers of New 52 wanna reward Clark by giving him the most bangable most powerful woman they can.  Icky icky.  




brinconvenient:

roane72:

worriedaboutmyfern:

This morning I’m thinking about manpain. Specifically, superhero angst.

Specifically Batman. And Captain America.

As a digression, I feel like what distinguishes “manpain” from just regular pain is not so much the man but the shooting directions. Like, you know it’s manpain when the camera goes into tight closeup on their clenched jaw, or when they are shot backlit in an alley with smoke swirling around their feet. Or with a big fire blazing behind them. Or if they are trudging through a crowded cityscape that’s all black and white and they are the only ones in color.

Case in point: this is Batman. His parents are dead. It’s very sad. He has a lot of manpain.

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Because of all his pain, Batman is not fully able to trust anyone. He pushes everyone away. Sometimes he lashes out against those closest to him.

This is Batman at Christmas time.

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Batman is not ever going to go to therapy and deal with his trust issues, or talk about whether he might have something like depression and whether it might respond to medication, even though he could definitely afford it because he is a billionaire. He’s not going to do these things because of editorial decree.

"They put on a cape and cowl for a reason," says DC co-publisher Dan Didio. "They’re committed to defending others — at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts. That’s something we reinforce. If you look at every one of the characters in the Batman family, their personal lives kind of suck.”

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Okay. This is Captain America. His parents are dead too. Actually, almost everybody he ever knew is dead, because he got frozen for seventy years.

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(By the way if you do a Google image search for “Captain America Punching Bag,” Google will show you some stuff and will also, right at the top, helpfully prompt you with a couple other search terms that you’re probably interested in: “Chris Evans” and “Butt.”)

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(A++ Google, carry on.)

Anyway, so Captain America has a lot of manpain too.

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Because he’s grieving and lonely, Captain America works hard at forming connections with the new people he meets. He doesn’t understand their frame of cultural reference, so he diligently follows up whenever somebody gives him a book or movie or other kind of recommendation.

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He visits a support group for veterans.

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He also checks in with his teammates regularly, and makes sure they know that he cares about them. He listens to their problems and offers his support.

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So my point here is pretty simple. I think the Captain America characterization is a lot more interesting and complex. It just gets boring to have a character like Batman who is always going to have the same shit because he’s never gonna deal with his shit because he’s not allowed to deal with his shit. By contrast, Steve Rogers is warm and human and adult and fucken’ heroic. He’s got shit too but he mans up and carries it the best he can.

Both Batman and Captain America are actually team leaders, but Batman isn’t allowed to be a very good one because he also has to be a brooding loner who hangs out on top of gargoyles most of the time. Preferably in the rain.

Captain America gets rained on, too. The difference, I think, is that at some point he would go out and buy an umbrella.

Captain America gets rained on, too. The difference, I think, is that at some point he would go out and buy an umbrella.

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS ^^^^

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Anonymous asked:
Let me get this straight, Nicki Minaj can wiggle her butt six ways till Sunday and people can call her a black feminist messiah, but when there's a weak-ass Spider-Woman variant cover that make her look like she's posing like Nicki Minaj, it suddenly NOT okay and Marvel should be ashamed??? I'm honestly, seriously confused here :/

teacupnosaucer:

ohmygil:

Nicki Minaj is also a real person who makes real decisions for herself and made a video and song that celebrated her own body and her own sexuality while outright critiquing the Male Gaze through visual metaphor

Jessica Drew is not a real person and was drawn by a man in a submissive position who visually objectifies her (spandex doesn’t work on asses like that come on) and every female superhero he’s drawn. And he can’t even draw a background right.

repeat it with me now everybody: made up women drawn for gross men to jerk off to are NOT equivalent to real life women expressing their sexuality for their own benefit




ultrafacts:

znorton:

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There are SO MANY reasons to love Squirrel Girl beyond just that story though. Okay, so the story that that happened in? It was back in the Golden Age of Comics, when that sort of story was pretty normal. It was an era when Superman would turn into a Gorilla like two times in one year. So yeah, no big deal there.
Thing is, it’s 2014, and Squirrel Girl….is still a Golden Age superheroine. She never wallows in wangst, she hasn’t had a Dark Age—heck she snapped the boy she had a crush on (another “Fun” character named Speedball) out of HIS Dark Age—and despite the fact that her powers consist of 1.) Can talk to Squirrels 2.) Has claws and a tail and 3.) Can climb trees like REALLY well, she has a better win record against supervillains than pretty much any other hero in the Marvel Universe.
She beat Thanos. To put that in perspective, Thanos is the guy the Avengers—the entire team, including a literal Norse God and the Hulk who has unlimited strength—are going to have to TEAM UP to fight in the next Avengers movie. She beat Fin Fang Foom. He’s a giant dragon—we’re talking Godzilla sized or so in some instances. She beat Ego the Living Planet. If you are not familiar with Ego the Living Planet….that name is not a metaphor. He is a planet. Wolverine is edgy when she’s around. Deadpool is terrified of her
She wins battles because Superheroes are supposed to win. Her books are fun and funny, because comics are supposed to be fun, and there aren’t enough funny books in Superheroes anyway.
Seriously, she’s just the best.

ultrafacts:

znorton:

ultrafacts:

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There are SO MANY reasons to love Squirrel Girl beyond just that story though. Okay, so the story that that happened in? It was back in the Golden Age of Comics, when that sort of story was pretty normal. It was an era when Superman would turn into a Gorilla like two times in one year. So yeah, no big deal there.

Thing is, it’s 2014, and Squirrel Girl….is still a Golden Age superheroine. She never wallows in wangst, she hasn’t had a Dark Age—heck she snapped the boy she had a crush on (another “Fun” character named Speedball) out of HIS Dark Age—and despite the fact that her powers consist of 1.) Can talk to Squirrels 2.) Has claws and a tail and 3.) Can climb trees like REALLY well, she has a better win record against supervillains than pretty much any other hero in the Marvel Universe.

She beat Thanos. To put that in perspective, Thanos is the guy the Avengers—the entire team, including a literal Norse God and the Hulk who has unlimited strength—are going to have to TEAM UP to fight in the next Avengers movie. She beat Fin Fang Foom. He’s a giant dragon—we’re talking Godzilla sized or so in some instances. She beat Ego the Living Planet. If you are not familiar with Ego the Living Planet….that name is not a metaphor. He is a planet. Wolverine is edgy when she’s around. Deadpool is terrified of her

She wins battles because Superheroes are supposed to win. Her books are fun and funny, because comics are supposed to be fun, and there aren’t enough funny books in Superheroes anyway.

Seriously, she’s just the best.

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murasakiyugata:

dani-kin:

artchoface:

coffeeandcockatiels:

FUCKING LOL.

oh shit LMAO

Yeah…. those two poses are NOT the same.  Like at all.  First of all you can see all of Spiderman’s legs, he doesn’t have the full heart ass, and you wouldn’t have to break his neck to have him looking in that direction.  Way to totally miss the point.  *eyeroll*

While it’s true they’re not in exactly the same pose, I don’t really see how these differences would really constitute one picture being significantly more offensive/exploitative than another, which I assume is what you’re implying here (correct me if I’m wrong).

Yeah, you can see more of Spiderman’s legs, but does the amount of leg shown make a picture inherently more or less sexual?  And, if it does, don’t modern conventions dictate that if anything the more leg you show, the more sexual a picture supposedly becomes?

Your right that her ass is certainly more defined than his, although I have to wonder if a similar silhouette would raise any eyebrows if it were given to Spiderman.  Given that the outline of Spiderman’s scrotum is seen as acceptable, I don’t really see people getting in an uproar if his already-apparent cheeks were as defined as this woman’s.

As far as her neck goes, yeah, there are logistical problems with the pose she’s in, which could be a valid reason to criticize the artist for not understanding human anatomy.  But what does that have to do with sexuality?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that women are never hyper-sexualized in comics - obviously they frequently are.  But is this really a good example of that?

As far as the legs, on Spiderman you can see the muscles and anatomy working to hold his body in that position.  On Spiderwoman, there is no way to hold that pose without dislocating both legs from their hip joints.  I think that’s a big difference.   It isn’t about amount of leg.  It is about how in one drawing the legs work to be part of the body and in the other the legs work to support a completely anatomically incorrect pose.  

So then the question comes down to WHY is Spiderwoman in a pose that is not remotely doable by humans?  One where she has to contort and break herself?  The sole reason is to look sexy. It doesn’t make her look powerful or help her fight crime.  It is to get that combination of heart-shaped ass (which also never exists in nature) while she is looking up at the reader (who is presumably male looking down at her).  

Objectification is when you reduce a person to a thing, a thing whose muscles you can mold and legs you can contort and neck you can break, to make her the perfect sex object.   She ceases to be a woman with functional anatomy and becomes instead the artists personal blow up doll in a very male gaze inspired pose.  Women do not sexualize other women in this way.  I’m not saying women don’t sexualize women, because hell yeah they do, but not like this.  Not by hacking them into blow up dolls.  

Comparing a pose where Spiderman is also on his belly but where he looks strong and powerful and anatomically correct to a pose where Spiderwoman looks like a porn comic wet dream brought to you by a contortionist is a poor comparison.   The poses are different and their cultural contexts are completely different.   

This Spiderwoman cover comes at a time when women are STRONGLY objecting to this kind of objectification in mainstream comic book art.  That is why this controversy is gaining ground, because it is a perfect example of something women in comic book culture have been talking about for years and only now being heard.   If comic book companies want our dollars, they have to stop putting out art that is gross objectifying, and porny.  The women can and should still be sexual, but they should not be objects for men to lust over.  

Instead for this title they hired an artist most famous for his porn work who used a porn pose.  And they wonder why women have trouble trusting them with telling stories about women?!?!  They can’t even get the angle of our necks right without breaking them, how can they tell stories about us that don’t feel hackneyed?  




artchoface:

coffeeandcockatiels:

FUCKING LOL.

oh shit LMAO

Yeah…. those two poses are NOT the same.  Like at all.  First of all you can see all of Spiderman’s legs, he doesn’t have the full heart ass, and you wouldn’t have to break his neck to have him looking in that direction.  Way to totally miss the point.  *eyeroll*




buffythecomicslayer:

Karl Moline’s commissions for Buffy and Fray

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Anonymous asked:
Sometimes I hate Wonder Woman, thanks to this stupid website

fandomsandfeminism:

dumblr--feminist:

I only ever had a passing love for Wonder Woman never was a huge fan. I hate how the feminists have appropriated her as some sort of icon when Wonder Woman was originally created because the guy was writing about a woman who was a SUBMISSIVE to him. Her creation is heavily tied into a Dom/Sub relationship and what do feminists hate? EXACTLY! So the fact that she’s a feminist icon NOW fucking pisses me off because SHE WAS LITERALLY NEVER EVER MEANT TO BE THAT! But of course feminists ruin the fuck out of everything. Not surprised.

You know literally nothing about Wonder Woman. -laughs- 

William Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator, WAS a feminist. In a 1943 issue of “The American Scholar”, Marston wrote: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power… Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” (Sounds like feminism to me.) 

And yes, he was into Sub/Dom stuff, but not the way you’d think. He one said "Give them an alluring woman stronger than themselves to submit to, and they’ll be proud to become her willing slaves!"

He alleged that women were innately “less susceptible than men to the negative traits of aggression and acquisitiveness, and could come to control the comparatively unruly male sex by alluring them.” This controversial‘girls run the world’ prediction was very much ahead of his time. In a 1937 interview with The New York Times he claimed –

“The next one hundred years will see the beginning of an American matriarchy–a nation of Amazons in the psychological rather than physical sense,” adding that, “women would take over the rule of the country, politically and economically.”

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So yeah. Wonder Woman’s creator was a guy who was really into strong dominating women and believed in a future Matriarchy. 

Now, obviously, Wonder Woman has changed a lot since these early days. She’s not always consistently written (no super hero is), but her status as a Feminist Icon is fairly indisputable. 

OMG when I saw this ask I laughed my ass off.  Wonder Woman as the sub?  LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL *wipes tear*




Anonymous asked:
What is Nextwave and why does it get your panties all wet?

princelesscomic:

towritecomicsonherarms:

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Its like Shakespeare. But with lots more punching!

In an interview, Ellis said, “I took The Authority and I stripped out all the plots, logic, character and sanity.”[5] “It’s an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. It’s people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding. It is a pure comic book, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And afterwards, they will explode.”

It’s just absolutely bonkers!

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It gives zero fucks

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It has its own Theme tune!!!!!!1!

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His name is the captain.

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It’s fun! Simple as.

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It doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

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It’s an absolute joy to read.

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EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!

And also read Superior foes of Spider-man because it’s like nextwave but with a lot less punching.

Also it features Monica Rambeau who some of you may know from Mighty Avengers and others of you may know from Captain Marvel and old ones of you may know from just plain old Avengers when there was only one Avengers and the forests were young and the magma was still cooling.




margoteve:

psychofactz:

More Facts on Psychofacts :) 

Like… seriously? 

Nope, it’s true.
When Marvel launched Ultimates (ie Avengers in a parallel universe) in 2002, they decided to turn Nick Fury into a black guy.  He’d previously been white.  The author and artist decided to use Samuel L. Jackson as the model.  After the first few issues caught on, someone in Marvel’s legal team was like “OMG YOU CAN’T GO DRAWING SAMUEL L. JACKSON JESUS CHRIST HE’S GONNA SUE US!” but it turns out that Jackson loved it and gave Marvel permission to use his likeness for the character.
A few years later when they were casting for a Nick Fury cameo for Iron Man (the first one), they approached Jackson and he was excited to bring the whole thing full circle. 
Then the storylines of Ultimates was the basis for part of the Avengers movie and various things from the Ultimates universe are woven into Iron Man and Hulk.  (Not Thor though, Ultimates Thor is a pretentious ‘humans are soooo primative’ tool.) 
So that was how Samuel L. Jackson inspired a character that he would later go on to make one of his most iconic roles.

margoteve:

psychofactz:

More Facts on Psychofacts :) 

Like… seriously? 

Nope, it’s true.

When Marvel launched Ultimates (ie Avengers in a parallel universe) in 2002, they decided to turn Nick Fury into a black guy.  He’d previously been white.  The author and artist decided to use Samuel L. Jackson as the model.  After the first few issues caught on, someone in Marvel’s legal team was like “OMG YOU CAN’T GO DRAWING SAMUEL L. JACKSON JESUS CHRIST HE’S GONNA SUE US!” but it turns out that Jackson loved it and gave Marvel permission to use his likeness for the character.

A few years later when they were casting for a Nick Fury cameo for Iron Man (the first one), they approached Jackson and he was excited to bring the whole thing full circle. 

Then the storylines of Ultimates was the basis for part of the Avengers movie and various things from the Ultimates universe are woven into Iron Man and Hulk.  (Not Thor though, Ultimates Thor is a pretentious ‘humans are soooo primative’ tool.) 

So that was how Samuel L. Jackson inspired a character that he would later go on to make one of his most iconic roles.




dream-only-by-night:

dani-kin:

So this is what I made on Sunday!  It’s comic book shoes!

I’ve been wanting to do this project for over a year but 1) I had to find cheap shoes that fit my giant feet, not easy.  And 2) I needed some good comics to cut up that I wouldn’t feel guilty about cutting up.  Also I had trouble deciding what comics to use so I keep putting it off.  

Well at C2E2 Marvel was handing out TONS of promo things and those I have NO guilt about cutting up.  So behold my (mostly) Marvel super hero girl shoes!  

These shoes have:
Black Widow
Storm
Rogue
She-Hulk
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)
White Tiger
Agent Maria Hill
Electra
Scarlet Witch
Nico Minoru

There are also a few others that I just thought looked cool even though I don’t know the hero.  A dark skinned teen girl in a white and yellow costume with wasp-like metal wings and an Asian woman in a mecha/robotic armor suit.  If you know who those two are (bottom pic) let me know!

They are made with outdoor modge podge and needed 3 days to cure but now I can start wearing them tomorrow just in time for #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #IAmComics!

Also, the girl with the wings is Selah “Sun Girl” Burke, a member of the New Warriors, and I think your other mystery girl may be Hisako “Armor” Ichiki.  I could be wrong on that, because I can’t clearly see who you’re talking about it.

Oh awesome!  Thank you for identifying my mystery heroines on my shoes!   I looked up pictures of Hisako “Armor” Ichiki and it is her.  Now I have a full listing of who is in my super shoes :D

These shoes have:
Black Widow
Storm
Rogue
She-Hulk
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)
White Tiger
Agent Maria Hill
Electra
Scarlet Witch
Nico Minoru
Armor (Hisako Ichiki)
Sun Girl (Selah Burke)




So this is what I made on Sunday!  It’s comic book shoes!

I’ve been wanting to do this project for over a year but 1) I had to find cheap shoes that fit my giant feet, not easy.  And 2) I needed some good comics to cut up that I wouldn’t feel guilty about cutting up.  Also I had trouble deciding what comics to use so I keep putting it off.  

Well at C2E2 Marvel was handing out TONS of promo things and those I have NO guilt about cutting up.  So behold my (mostly) Marvel super hero girl shoes!  

These shoes have:
Black Widow
Storm
Rogue
She-Hulk
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)
White Tiger
Agent Maria Hill
Electra
Scarlet Witch
Nico Minoru

There are also a few others that I just thought looked cool even though I don’t know the hero.  A dark skinned teen girl in a white and yellow costume with wasp-like metal wings and an Asian woman in a mecha/robotic armor suit.  If you know who those two are (bottom pic) let me know!

They are made with outdoor modge podge and needed 3 days to cure but now I can start wearing them tomorrow just in time for #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #IAmComics!




ladymarvels:

I NEED A FEMALE LEAD MARVEL MOVIE

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