Joss Whedon has made a career out of strong female-based characters and his feminist themes run strong in shows such as Firefly and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We even have Black Widow teaming up with Captain America in The Winter Soldier and holding her own as part of The Avengers Team. So, who better than Whedon – honored in 2006 by ‘Equality Now’ for being a staunch ally to woman – to talk about the widespread misogyny that is rife on the internet (recently we witnessed the Marvel hiccup with Milo Manara’s variant cover for Spider-woman #1, and now with #gamergate taking center stage as the current internet hot bed). The fact that this is still a very problematic issue – if not, worse – as it was back in the mid 2000s is a pretty jarring sentiment.
Recently Whedon made an appearance at an Equality Now event in Los Angeles, and what he had to say, offers a detailed insight into his origins as a feminist and his views on the recent state of affairs within the online community. (more…)
There’s be quite a bit of discussion in the comic book community of late, and it goes beyond the usual debates on best characters, creators, publishers, etc. Lately there’s been a growing discourse about gender, diversity, sexuality, audience and the like. And it’s great! In my opinion anyway, because while such open debate and discussion can sure bring out the ugliness in fandom it also forces these important topics to the forefront.
Add in the ability to quickly and easily reach out to comic book creators through social media and this open discourse about comics only expands and gains clout. As was the case with a recent exchange on writer Brian Michael Bendis‘ Tumblr. Bendis, as many of you may know, is one of Marvel’s top writers credited with the creation of Ultimate Spider-Man, having written for dozens of Avengers books, and most recently working his magic on the X-Men titles. Basically, when it comes to Marvel and its universe the dude knows it inside and out. So when one fan had the most pressing question about the current state of comics they reached out to Bendis,
According to the readers of British Dude Stuff site, Menkind, K-Stew is the absolute LEAST attractive actress in all of Tinsel Town.
Now, I don’t have very many positive things to say about Kristen Stewart–and even fewer about Twilight (Fun Thought: Imagine if Kristen Stewart and Hayden Christiansen had kids–they’d be the blandest children ever born).
Oh, I’m not questioning anyone’s aesthetic judgment: There’s no accounting for taste, particularly where physical beauty is concerned, but have we really sunk to the point where we’re ranking female celebs by how UN-attractive we think they are?
Makes me pine for the days when the denizens of the Interwebs were content with just making “Hottest Babes” lists–now we feel the need to let the world know what celebs we WOULDN’T bang?
If we must be shallow and superficial, is it too much to ask that we at least be POSITIVE about it?
To satisfy your morbid curiousity, these are the women that Ms. Stewart defeated to claim her crown as least doable actress in the UK:
2. Sarah Jessica Parker
3. Lindsay Lohan
4. Denise Richards
5. Kirsten Dunst
6. Mischa Barton
7. Hilary Swank
8. Lucy Liu
9. Tilda Swinton
10. Uma Thurman
Like I said: No accounting for taste.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to write an official apology on behalf of my entire gender.
I respect Tony Harris’ art — the fellow can move a pencil on paper in a way that is pleasing and Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days is among my favorite books — but when he tries to pivot from pictures to words, something gets lost in translation.
Today, on the Great Public Embarrassment Generator known as Facebook, Harris took to the soap box that we are all given in exchange for our personal information and he told the world, nay, the universe, what he thought about female cosplayers. Apparently he thinks you are all phony, so please pack up your bosoms and go home. (Okay, that wasn’t expressed, but it’s sorta close to that, isn’t it? Go ahead, read it, I’ll wait…)
Now, I don’t know what Harris thinks a real female comic book fan dresses like, and I really don’t care. His notions are either fiction or a fraction of the truth, because in my experience as a chubdorable male that frequents conventions, female comic fans don’t dress in one specific way or the other.
They are cosplayers, they are “sexy” cosplayers, they are tee shirt clad, and so on and so forth. There is diversity within their ranks and that is outstanding, undeniable, and irreversible.
Women, men, Klingons, and everyone else should feel comfortable to be themselves when they go to a con because that is one of the most beautiful things about cons — they are a sanctuary for a group of people who love similar things and they should be a free, safe place.
What threatens that? People with agendas and people who think that women are there to be preyed upon, though the portrayal of Comic-Cons as a lawless badland over-run with dick-in-hand thugs feels inaccurate.
With that said though, every costume is not an invitation and they aren’t declarations of whoreishness. They aren’t political statements either. Sometimes a Power Girl costume is just a Power Girl costume and sometimes that’s someone’s way of getting attention and that’s cool too. Really, whatever thrills you.
Honestly, I’m too busy looking for 1/2 price trades or sprinting from panel to panel to notice (because as a grown up, I have seen breasts and thus they have no power over me), but sex and sexiness and dressing in a sexy way should be embraced and allowed because hell yeah freedom and all that good stuff. And oh by the way, plenty of men dress in cosplay and plenty of them wear the form fitting costumes popularized by their favorite characters as well, but no one ever brings that up or the fact that men are sexualized in comics as well. Well, almost no one.
Here’s another thing that should be celebrated at cons: newbies. I’ve been a hardcore nerd for five years. Wanna see my nerd card? Frak you. I’ve spent days marathoning Buffy, BSG, Angel, Trek, Doctor Who, and I’m coming off a period of hurricane inspired technical isolation that I spent in the OCD hell of action figure re-posing and the nerdvana of thumbing through the contents of a long box of comics and trades on my own private Elba. I didn’t do that to gain favor with others, I did that because I love this shit and I love this shit because science fiction and fantasy are about inclusion.
Tony Harris’ remarks aren’t about inclusion (or reality, unless I’m just too mellow and toy-obsessed to notice the sexual Gettysburg that Mr. Harris spies) and that’s unfortunate because as someone who makes comics, you would think it would be in his best interests to try and bring people into this world, not push them out.
Alright, that’s really all I have to say about this, so in conclusion: I really don’t care if people want to dress up as Chewie or Cheetara and I just want everyone to relax, read a comic (even a Tony Harris one if you can excuse his remarks), and enjoy this amazing era in nerdiness without letting the rest of the bullshit seep in. Peace out.
The opinions expressed in the above article are those of the writer and not Nerdbastards.com. Also, did he just close out the article by saying “Peace out”?
Listen up big, meanie toy manufacturers, your customers are as mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore! This is Riley, a little girl whose not afraid to speak her mind. “Why do all the girls have to buy princesses? Some girls like superheroes!” Damn straight.
As a girl who preferred LEGOs to Barbie, I can sympathize. Why does everything for girls have to be color-coded pink and purple? Why can’t a boy have a princess doll and girl have a superhero toy? Why when you order a Happy Meal you must specify boy’s toy or girl’s toy? Listen up Big Toy, Riley’s an example of the coming revolution, better get ready to change with the times or be left behind.
Whether it’s Bronies or sites like Superheros are for girls, too! I think the message is clear, toys should be gender neutral, let kids play with what they want!
Gah!! You’ll have to excuse me for a second…. can’t think straight…. Spiderman girl is SOOO HOT!…..”Giggity”. Here, read this until I get myself situated:
Inspired by some of the most well known Marvel super heroes we have created a line of fashion forward costumes for women and girls who have the desire to be fun and playful for Halloween. Who says comic books are only for boys because with great power comes great style.
Ahhhh… now that my nerdgasm has subsided I can say this: First of all the above selling description is stupid, I really don’t know how a slutty ass costume can be considered fashion forward or stylistic. This product is available for two simple reasons. One, to make nerds cream their pants (ahem) and two, to give ladies an excuse to dress like a whore on Halloween. I am though, a little irritated that that Marvel feels the need to model male superhero costumes for girls given that there is a plethora of sexy females costumes to choose from (Hello… Emma Frost?) but what am I complaining for? The bastardization and sexification of classic super hero costume like Spidey here didn’t stop the Bam! Ka Pow! in my pants.
via geektrooper Note: Upon further inspection a “Emma Frost” costume is available but that still doesn’t justify them making male super hero costumes all their own