So you may have heard about this:
Yes. It’s a comic classic. Painted-on costume, ridiculous contortions of the human physique and BUTT CHEEKS front and centre. You know when a character’s arse cheeks are more prominent on their cover than their face that they’re a woman.
"How are we going to connect with this character?"
"I know! Let’s focus on her BUM!"
It’s been looked into over at TheMarySue.com, and they’ve pulled it apart beautifully. I decided to look at a couple of things that they didn’t.
Of particular concern to me was Spider-Woman’s head and neck. It bends back at such an angle that would not actually be able to accommodate the cervical vertebrae in her neck. I mapped it out. It’s impossible. Even if she were superpowered, she cannot make two bones occupy the same space. She is not Kitty Pride.
Also, the rendering of the costume. It’s that pervy “painted on” look that comes from either someone colouring with one hand down their pants or being too lazy to actually render fabric. I get it. Fabric is hard. Fabric takes time. But when you DO get it right, it is SO worth it. I gave it a go, trying to render fabric correctly. I am not a professional, and I know for a fact there are plenty of people out there that are better at doing the fabric thing that Marvel could employ:
There is tenting at the buttocks, because fabric, like water, obeys strict laws of physics. It won’t hug to a body part unless you tailor for that body part. And if Spider-Woman has specially tailored butt-pouches, I worry for her. Deeply.
I also added seams and the odd wrinkle in the lilt of her waist. That happens in fabric. It bunches. It’s also bunching where her hips meet her thighs.
Of course those aren’t the only things wrong. TheMarySue.com corrected it beautifully, but there was something fundamental that I wish to address:
The pose doesn’t fucking work.
It just doesn’t. My sister and I chatted about it this afternoon and, with gritted teeth, I tried to assume the Spider-Woman. (It’s the newest yoga position).
My leg did not want to splay to the side, rather it wanted to wedge more underneath me. My arm was more rigid, as both arms stopped me from falling forwards arse-over-tit. I couldn’t bend my arse up in the air like she does because, low and behold, my arms and torso were locked in a war with gravity to keep me and my large bosoms from tumbling forward. My spine was like a tight cord, and all attempts to bend it were met with agony and a lack of balance.
And I could not lift my head like she does. Not at all. To do that, I had to push my torso upwards.
Now, it’s often pointed out during these sorts of discussions that these heroes we’re drawing have amazing abilities beyond human limits. But these are still human beings (ostensibly) and their bodies still use the pulleys-and-levers system us mere mortals have.
It was so painful even to attempt the position that it should be regarded as some kind of capital punishment.
It also does not communicate much in the way of a story, or a situation. It took a good long gander before I realised she was actually supposed to be climbing up over the edge of a building.
So when it came to my “correction”, I threw the whole pose out and went for something a little more illustrative and commanding.
I did that because TheMarySue.com already did a more correct version of the pose above, and I couldn’t beat that, it was a great redraw. Why do the same redraw twice?
Now, my final point to discuss is this: I am fully aware that the pose Milo put Spider-Woman is apes directly a pose that Spider-Man often takes on the covers and inside his comic periodicals. I get it. She’s just doing the same thing as Ol’ Spidey.
But Spider-Man is a man. And he can be depicted in certain ways that don’t carry a language of degradation and objectification. People are conditioned to look at Spider-Man in that pose and see athleticism. The same people look at Spider-Woman in that pose and think, “Man, she’s ready for sex.” Because a woman in that pose is always sexual.
You would think that enough is enough, that the online bollocking these ridiculous covers get would make a difference, but obviously Marvel hasn’t yet got the message.
I’m tired of seeing our heroines trussed up on covers like this. I’m weary of knowing the exact shape of Storm’s vulva, the hairless glory of Rogue’s inner butt-cheek and upper thigh, of costumes creeping and climbing and clinging in ways that afford these women no dignity.
I have no problem with showing flesh. I read Oglaf on a regular basis, for fuck’s sake.
I just get really friggin’ sick of seeing women characters that mean the world to me have their bodies twisted in painful ways to assuage the horniness of men, and not even given the basic option of wearing clothes that cover them properly.
Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.
Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of trespassing, and I got into a lot of screaming matches with cops.
I have never been arrested.
I have never been violently attacked by police. Hell, I have never been seriously threatened by police.
I am fully aware that I’ve survived to adulthood largely on the benefits of my race.
When you are white in America, you get away with all sorts of shit. Have you read this account from a white dude who actively tried to get himself arrested? You should. It’s telling.
So, if that’s your main frame of reference for dealing with law enforcement, it is really easy to assume that when someone else gets targeted by the police, they must have done something really bad. After all, you know the police aren’t that petty, right? They’re there to help: That’s what TV tells you, what your teachers told you, what your parents told you. “If you’re in trouble, find a police officer. They’ll help.” And, y’know, if you’re white, most of the time, that’s probably true.
When you’re white in America, it is awfully easy to pretend that you don’t live in a country where the nonviolent physical presence of black people, especially black men, is considered sufficient threat to justify use of lethal force. It’s really easy to pretend that laws are enforced equally; that arrest rate has any demographic resemblance to actual crime rates; that the police are there to protect us from the bad guys.
And, I mean, I get that. It’s a lot more comfortable to pretend that safety correlates to virtue than to confront the ugly truth that a system that benefits you very directly does so at the cost of other people’s lives; that what you were taught was the just reward for being a good person is, in fact, the privilege of your skin. That’s a big part of why we work so hard to retcon narratives about how the black people our police murder must have been dangerous, highlight every casual infraction like it’s a killing spree. We are so desperate to believe that the system that feeds us is just.
It doesn’t feel good to acknowledge that stuff. It feels gross. A system we trusted—one we should be able to trust, that should work for the benefit and protection of everyone has made us accomplice to some deeply horrifying shit.
But here’s the thing:
This happened. This is happening. Not recognizing it; stonewalling and insulating ourselves in our little bubbles does not make it go away.
And not acknowledging it, not having asked for it, does not make us any less complicit, or any less responsible for owning and fixing this. We are actively benefitting from a fucked, corrupt, murderous system. That is on us. As it should be.
So educate yourself, get the tools, and start dismantling this fucker. You have the time: after all, no one’s shooting at your kids.
Privilege is the bandwidth to speak up and dismantle because you’re not in fear for your life. And there is no conscionable excuse for failing to use it.
My friend Rachel says smart things.
hey, just an fyi, the creator of five nights at freddy’s is extremely anti choice and even made a pro life video game called The Desolate Hope that’s also on steam.
nope. this is wrong. the game was not intended to be pro choice.
please don’t encourage fucking over a creator based on the words of someone else.
There is a HUGE world of difference between making a game dedicated to children dying at a young age (or even very soon before they were even born) and abortion. It’s too bad whenever someone mentions “children that didn’t get a chance to be children” people always think of the latter.
usually I don’t take part in spreading stuff like this but once I see misinformation spread on my dash 3 separate times then I feel like it’s worth stepping up, especially when it comes to someone’s living.
Everyone please also note that the OP here was making an honest mistake, retracted it, deleted it, apologized and posted a correction but is still getting a lot of undeserved hate mail from people who just jumped straight from seeing this post to rage at their askbox.
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On the evening of Tuesday, July 29th, Robert Bennett was working late at night, rushing to complete tasks and deadlines that needed to be done by the next day. This was not an uncommon thing, and instead happened pretty frequently in order to insure the business remained up and running. However,…
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Someone with an IP address sourcing to the House of Representatives just edited the Orange Is the New Black Wikipedia page with the telling summary of “not a woman.”
That’s right, this Congressman edited out a sentence hailing the show for including “the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman.” What did he replace it with? Hate speech.
The Congressman called Cox a “man pretending to be a woman,” and linked to an offensive article by National Review Online aptly titled “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman.”
The change has since been reversed and the IP address has been banned from editing Wikipedia for a month, but you can see the original edit he made in the link above.
The change was spotted by a Twitter bot which tweets out links any time a Congressional IP address edits Wikipedia.
Spread this like wildfire.
oh hell fucking no.
Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh
more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!
Oh wow, this is fantastic!
This is everything.
My favorite part is that Bart literally became Homer.
My favorite part is that Lisa became bisexual and eventually married Millhouse. Or the Jenda and Bart separation part.
Actually the best part is that in the entire series Maggie says like one-two words. And in her solo Christmas card she’s the “voice of her generation”
Anybody notice the twist ending that Abe is still alive?
Turning point in #Ferguson? Police drew guns on Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli & others, threatened to shoot last night. (Above) Kweli observes police were in rush formation BEFORE the water bottle was thrown at them. Major questions being raised about identity of individual who threw water bottle— possibly an agent provocateur, someone working for police to either invite riot or provide “justification” for police to assault a peaceful protest. (Left) Activist Phil Agnew, who is in Ferguson, says protesters are being depicted inaccurately. (Below) Example of an agent provocateur: notice the protester being tackled to the ground by police is wearing the EXACT SAME SHOES the police in uniform are wearing (?!?!) #mikebrown
it’s just like so weird cause a lot of tumblrisms are clearly stemmed from aave and then killed by non-black POC & white people hence their constant misuse and eventual overuse, until black people come up w more terms to use
- prayer circle
- thirst/thirsty/the thirst
- (example) game on point
- (example) game strong
- stay in [pronoun] lane
etc etc etc
stop usin aave just because you learned it on tumblr
you’re still not entitled to it and you’re especially not if you just use it to seem hip and cool and funny
cause what it boils down to is that you don’t use it for expression and you were not raised to speak like that, nor do you live around people who speak like that— you just use it to be funny in front of your friends and that’s the thing I don’t like
The Ferguson organizers have put together a form for people who want to volunteer their time either on site or from home.
That is for ONE COURSE at the graduate level.
And people wonder why poor kids don’t usually go to college and ESPECIALLY don’t go to grad school.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ there’s why
Not to derail but I like accuracy. I dot know what school this is but at your average public state school a grad class is $600 , meaning you should be takin 10-12 credits meaning you’re paying $1800 for classes alone . Hence these schools are out of range for poor students
This IS an average public state school in the US. That $600 isn’t for one CLASS, it’s for one CREDIT. And classes are average around 3 credits per class.