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An Open Letter to the Men Not Speaking Up About Harassment and Rape Threats

postcardsfromspace:

You are aware that when you don’t say anything, these fuckers think it’s confirmation that you’re secretly on their side, right?

Guess what? When you don’t speak up, when you don’t take steps you could take—they’re right.

I don’t care who you are: a fan, a creator, a publisher, a journalist—this is your town, too. We are your colleagues, your friends, your employees; the journalists you follow; the creators you publish; the people who buy your books. How dare you think you can stay above this? How dare you think you can close your eyes and walk away?

How dare you think this is not your problem? We are comics, too.

You think not threatening to rape people gives you a silver of moral high ground? That your silence affords you neutrality? You think your hands are clean because you’re not the one slinging mud?

For years and years and years, you’ve told men that comics (or video games or the Internet or or or) belong to them. That they are the only ones who matter. You’ve told it to them with content and advertising and sometimes you’ve just gone ahead and said it outright, and when women spoke up, you blew them off as malcontents and troublemakers. You know what those boys learned, comics? Exactly what you taught them.

Look. See how well they’ve learned. Read those rape threats as they pour in, and watch women who dare to stand up be pushed violently back to the margins. Aren’t you proud of yourselves?

You made this. This is on you.

Every response you don’t write, every time you take advantage of having the option to put on those blinders and go back to your work? This is on you.

Every day you don’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in solidarity and use every inch of the platform your privilege affords you? This is on you.

“We designed our Valkyrie around who she is, and what she does. She’s a trained, disciplined fighter from a small team of elites. She wears armor that reflects her role and therefore it needs to protect her in battle. To me it’s nonsensical to add armor to a fighter that would not serve this purpose; boob plates, bare legs, etc. don’t feature real armor, and so they didn’t even come into consideration when designing the look of the Valkyrie. I think it’s very sad that we are in a situation with video games where showing a female character that is wearing practical armor and isn’t overly sexualized is seen as a choice, or even a statement.”

The Mary Sue’s Exclusive Interview & Art Preview Of The Upcoming Gauntlet Reboot | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)

Thank god this was an email interview or I might have asked this guy to marry me.

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"Pudding" is a resident Fox at the National Fox Welfare Society, as he’s too friendly to be released back to the wild

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"Pudding" is a resident Fox at the National Fox Welfare Society, as he’s too friendly to be released back to the wild

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A Marvel movie(s) that should be made

Marvel Studios (as previously mentioned) is on a massive role with their movie properties.  They’ve hammered out several movies, all within the same universe, all leading up to one massive story line.  Why not get ready for a new set of heroes to come to the forefront.

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Captain Marvel and Spider-woman.

You could even go so far as to just call the movie Captain Marvel, and have Spider-woman as the added hero as seems to be the trend in the Marvel movie franchise.  So far it’s been a series of dudes as side kicks or appearances in the main movies (War Machine, Hawkeye, Bucky, Falcon), with even minor characters who play a very important role not even taking the center stage in the title.  I mean, do you think we’re ever going to have a Nick Fury movie?

But Captain Marvel could set the stage for something new and different.  Adding to the already new and different Ant-Man & Wasp I suggested earlier.  This could be the Marvel movie that turns things on it’s head.  In the comics, Captain Marvel becomes leader of the Avengers, so it’s a natural stepping point.  Spider-woman could even be an agent of Hydra that Carol manages to convince to quit and join her in destroying a Hydra cell.  Carol could even be a fighter pilot (as she’s depicted in the comics), could have gotten her powers at some point through the attack on New York in Avengers.  Carol could see potential in Jessica Drew and instead of fighting to put Spider-woman behind bars, fights to free her from Hydra.  All of this would fit neatly into the existing Marvel Studios movie series.  It would also set it up nicely for a new cast of Avengers (Chris Evans has mentioned he doesn’t want to act for much longer).

Just think of it; a New Avengers team with Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Spider-woman, the aforementioned Wasp, and….

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She-Hulk was created not to be the porn version of the Hulk (as Stan Lee himself pointed out by smashing David Goyer’s statement).  She was Bruce Banner’s cousin, and received her powers from an emergency blood transfusion from Banner.  So far, so good.  Jennifer Walters also remains in her green skinned, kick ass self ALL THE TIME!  The difference between the Hulk and She-Hulk is that Bruce is scared about his ability and it’s destructive nature, whereas She-Hulk finds it empowering.  She loves it and accepts it.  It also helps that she retains her mental capabilities while in She-Hulk form.  So yes, she can revert back to her normal looking Jennifer Walters look.  BUT SHE DOESN’T WANT TO!

This would be a good premise for a second (third) Hulk movie.  Jennifer could be the secondary hero, who eventually joins the ranks of the Avengers, using her cousin as a role model in a way (and Jennifer could conversely be a role model for Bruce, as she’s able to coexist with the big green rage monster within her).

So there you go, Marvel.  Two movie ideas to swing into a third Avengers movie.  Now go do it.

How Marvel Studios can make the Ant-Man movie even better

This was originally posted, in it’s entirety here, but I felt it needed to be said in full on Tumblr as well.  I may not have been the first to say this, but if I am WHY THE HELL HASN’T ANYONE ELSE SUGGESTED THIS?

We all know that the juggernaut that is Marvel Studios is releasing an Ant-Man film.  Who’s Ant-Man?  Well…

Ant-Man is the name of several fictional characters appearing in books published by Marvel Comics. Ant-Man was originally the superhero persona of Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size. Henry Pym was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27 (Jan. 1962); his first appearance as Ant-Man was in Tales to Astonish #35 (Sept. 1962).

After Pym retired his Ant-Man identity, successors Scott Lang and Eric O’Grady have used Pym’s technology to take on the role of Ant-Man.

The film is slated to have Michael Douglas as Henry Pym with Paul Rudd playing the role of Scott Lang.  Already even before it gets out the gate, Ant-Man has had some problems.  Edgar Wright wrote the script along with Joe Cornish and was slated to direct but left in May of this year siting creative differences.

There was a way to save the film, though I don’t know if that could be done now.  The first is merely with the title.  Ant-Man is pretty meh.  He’s a scientist who can shrink to the size of an ant.

Now, in the comics, Ant-Man, or Hank Pym, is married.  He’s got a girlfriend.  Janet Van Dyne.  This can eliminate all of the romance aspects that Hollywood seems to like to inject into films.  Hank and Janet are dating (or hell, even have them married).  For those who don’t know, Janet Van Dyne is a superhero who is called the Wasp.  Wasp is much more fierce sounding than “ant” (because, let’s face it, wasps are vindictive assholes).  I know, in the comics Janet Van Dyne was killed (there was some comic where it showed a cannibalistic Blob eating her intestines, which was horrible and not really needed) but here’s where you can shelve all of that bullshit and set things right.

Call the movie Ant-Man & Wasp, because how many Marvel movies have a female character in the title?  I’ll wait.  You can list them off.  And I’m talking the current Marvel franchise of movies.  You can’t, can you.  None.  There is not one.  And Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy don’t count.

Okay, so we’ve set up a duo instead of a singular individual (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor), and while the previous movies did have other heroes in the plot (War Machine, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcon) none of those characters shared title time with the main character (it was Captain America: Winter Soldier, not Captain America & Falcon: Winter Soldier, after all).  This could be a small, positive change, and it would be a progressive step.  Plus, married couple!  That’s different thus far.

Oh, but there’s more differences!

Make them a black couple!

Comics continuity be damned!  Nick Fury was made black, so why not make Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne black, too.  And for the record, a black woman could totally have a Dutch last name.  It’s called fucking marriage!  Her parents could very well have been mixed.  Or her grand parents.  Use your fucking imagination!  You could even take it a step further and have a Latina actress play the role.  And even mention that she’s Latina!  But don’t carry over the stereotypical baggage!  A black, Latina-Dutch woman.  It’s fucking possible!

"Oh, but there’s just not enough black actors to play the role."

Shut up whiney fanboys.  First, take a step into the 21st Century, you useless douchenozzles!  There is literally over 1000 black actors in Hollywood.  And thousands more world wide.  And they are not all named Will Smith or Denzel Washington!  We’ve had black actors portrayed thus far in the Marvel movie franchises, War Machine, Falcon, Nick Fury, but they’ve all been the secondary characters to the lives of the main character.  And hold the phone!  What’s this?  Not a single female character has been portrayed as a woman of colour!  And I’m not counting Zoe Saldana because she’s portrayed as a green skinned alien.

There has been a lot of kick ass female characters that have come up in the Marvel movie universe.  Peggy Carter, Pepper Potts, Jane Foster, Black Widow, Maria Hill, Lady Siff, and a few others (that I can’t name at the moment).  Add Janet Van Dyne to that list, and make her a woman of colour.  We’re already looking at the next Avengers movie adding Scarlet Witch to the fold, so that’s another woman.  And there’s two more dudes (well, okay one dude and a robot).

Why not take this step, Marvel?  Why not do this?  Be bold!  Be different!  Right now, you are at a place where you can do no wrong.  Yeah, you had a throng of sniveling fanboys bitching about Idris Elba as Heimdahl, but you gave them the (figurative) middle finger and stayed the course.  Do this with Ant-Man, and you could have something amazing, just by taking a big risk.  A big risk in a positive direction.

theorlandojones:

This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”

*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy.  If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"

Join me.

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lesincompetent:

I’m gonna reblog this until everyone in existence knows about this

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gentlemanbones:

These almond cookies are very aggressive.

gentlemanbones:

These almond cookies are very aggressive.

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anarcho-queer:

Ferguson Police conveniently forgot to publicly release this part of the footage.

It shows Michael Brown paying for the pack of cigars he supposedly stole.

The officer who murdered Michael did not know he was a ‘suspect of a robbery’, so the tape of him ‘stealing’ the cigars have no relation to the killing.

But this footage is important because it proves that the police are trying to justify Mike’s murder by slandering his character.

Important!

I normally wouldn’t recommend something like this, but actually read the comments in this video. People have noted a lot of pretty solid points and have a bit more information to add.

What. The. Fuck. This post should have been an instant million.
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, your turn to say what racist ass the fox couldn’t. The only noises foxes can make is whining, so I think this describes the bigot machine perfectly.
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, I am disappoint.

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kelsium:

I don’t think I know anyone with this background, but maybe we can signal boost. One major thing the Ferguson organizers have been asking for specifically for several days is for service donations from mental health professionals with a background in trauma counseling, people of color would be preferable for obvious reasons. If you know someone who might be willing to either to go to Ferguson or do tele-sessions, please direct them to this form.

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cbcdiversity:

The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featured on Kindergarten Second Step cards. Reacting to what they had learned, the students wrote letters to book publishers, the Vermont Agency of Education, the school principal, and the district superintendent. During the month of August, CBC Diversity will showcase all of the letters created by the Dothan Brook School’s 5th grade class.