I dunnoooo I think you already know that “White is beautiful” don’t you?
Or will it shatter your beauty if I recognize mine?
please keep your self centered ignorance, micro-agressions and derailing all to yourself
I still don’t understand why YA is a genre that’s so looked down upon like why is it trendy to hate all things YA? What is it about the genre that makes it so much worse than every other genre? What is it about this genre, despite having produced some of the most popular and successful franchises and have encouraged young people to read again, that causes it to be abhorred by everyone else?
It’s written largely by women and consumed largely by women and teenage girls.
That is why it’s hated. See exhibit JG: when men write YA, it’s deemed by mainstream publications/periodicals/bloggers/etc. as “the YA that isn’t worthless.”
When men deign to talk about YA, it’s “beginning” a conversation about it… even though it’s been discussed by women and girls for decades.
When school librarians, booksellers, and teachers are buying for the classroom and/or recommending to parents and students, they’re more likely to recommend books that had critical appeal — which makes sense. But what about the fact that critics are more likely to receive for review, and then favorably review, books by male authors or about male characters than woman authors or characters? What happens then?
When people realized in the mainstream that more YA is written by/for/about girls than boys, people fretted WHAT ABOUT THE BOYS? WHAT WILL THEY READ IF NO BOY CHARACTERS? even though girls have been made to read, and empathize with, and indoctrinate into ourselves as Real Literature, books with male protagonists (or only male characters) basically since Gutenberg, not to mention Salinger.
Speaking of Salinger, Catcher In The Rye is generally lauded as the YA that “started it all” when Maureen Daly’s “Seventeenth Summer” a) came first and b) fits the category more cohesively. When people want to canonize a book as The First, they look to the one written by a man (and about a boy protag) before considering its predecessors.
e.lockhart and John Green both published their first YA books in 2005… and yet recently, lockhart was called a “protege” of Green’s “mastery” of the category.
It isn’t just that YA lit is hated, it’s the audience who reads it, the core demographic who writes it, and the characters it represents that are hated — or at the least, demeaned. Trying to address the issue of “why is this category mocked and demonized” without taking that step to question why its values and function and the people who make the category are REALLY the ones being mocked and demonized can’t solve the problem. Or, really, attack it at all.
The solution isn’t to “write better books” or “have more mature book jackets” or “hope that the mockery is a trend” or “ignore the big franchises for the literary standouts” or whatever else. Those are just other ways to sweep under the rug the fact that the literary community is still hugely misogynistic, and that’s what needs to change before category (or genre) distinctions can even matter.
BTW, according to friends of mine who are librarians (especially YA librarians) the main reason boys aren’t reading YA is because they’re reading… non YA. They’re reading, like, Stephen King and Lev Grossman and “adult’ fiction that’s overwhelmingly by, about, and marketed to men. They are already being served by authors, they already have books to read. But since they aren’t reading YA, there’s all this pearl clutching about how to make that genre more accessible to boys… boy getting more male YA authors, more books about boys, more books geared at boys. Note that nobody’s suggesting we just have boys read “girl” books, even though girls read “boy” books (hemingway! heinlein! king! salinger! etc!) written by, for, and about men ALL THE TIME. Sometimes exclusively, like the college professor who claimed that he ONLY taught white men books because nobody else can write. And that’s the norm!
So instead of challenging that norm which is harmful, straight up harmful, to girls/women a bunch of adults are bending over backward to strip away what little support there is for young women readers to better coddle young male readers who already have books to read. But we live in a post-sexist society. Can’t anyone PLEASE think of the men children?
This is society for everything, if you are considered “conventionally attractive” than whatever you do it’s appealing. However if you are considered to be less attractive than whatever you do it’s wrong.
This deserves so many notes. I have heard all of the black quotes behind my back. It’s really demoralizing.
Excuse me more like “she went to a comic convention? what a fake geek girl.” “she spends all her time playing video games? I bet it’s just like candy crush and sims 2, what a fake geek girl, she’s only doing it for attention.” “she topped her class? she probably fucked the teacher, what a slut.”
Just a reminder that women can. not. win. whether they’re conventionally attractive or not. This goes DOUBLE for WOC.
brigidkeely reblogged your post and added:I’ve been getting some really blatantly porn-y…
Given that they were really up in arms about pornography blogs and stuff, good to see they are thrusting it on us now
tee hee thrusting
And my big complaints about it are:
1) the SAME blog over and over and over oh god just STOP why can’t I block you this is SPAM
2) it’s not even WELL DONE those lips look like a swollen innertube or bloated curled up earth worm and why is that other girl CRYING do you really think that’s sexy?
It’s like some blogs get stuck in heavy rotation. Some of the have been getting hate for it bc folks think THEY are spamming shit when really it’s just tumblr doin’ whatever.
At least I haven’t been getting a ton of scammy shaming weight loss bullshit, which is what I usually get recommended on Pinterest.
[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]
So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.
Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:
And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:
Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.
And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.
The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.
Anyone who exists in public who isn’t a white able bodied heterosexual cisman is just ASKING for abuse, don’t you know? and since they DARE to exist IN PUBLIC AND EVERYTHING, they DESERVE stalking, harassment, and abuse. I mean duh. This is utterly repulsive and also is a great example of how “ignoring” harassment does jack shit.
Squirrel Girl needs a movie.
LISTEN UP YOU MAGGOTS
THIS CHARACTER IS BY FAR THE MOST POWERFUL, THE MOST INTERESTING, AND THE MOST WORTHY OF BEING YOUR ROLE MODEL EVER.
FIRST OFF SHE NEVER ONCE GOES GRIMDARK NOT ONCE AND WHEN SPEEDBALL WENT AND DID HIS STUPID CLIVE BARKER POINTS POINTED INWARD ARMOR THING SHE CALLED HIM OUT ON IT AND OUTRIGHT DECLARED SUCH A THING WAS CHILDISH AND MADE HIM INEFFECTIVE AS A HERO BECAUSE A HERO HAS TO BE APPROACHABLE.
ALSO LETS TALK ABOUT HER SUPERPOWER. YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AT HER AND THINK SHE’S JUST A LOSER RIGHT? WRONG. SQUIRREL GIRL HAS THE MUTANT POWER TO NOT ONLY HAVE SQUIRREL TRAITS BUT CAN ALSO COMMAND THE ABSOLUTE LOYALTY OF SQUIRRELS. HOW MANY SQUIRRELS? TRY EVERY SQUIRREL EVERY WHERE. FLYING SQUIRRELS, TREE SQUIRRELS, I BET YOU SOMEHOW SHE CAN EVEN COMMAND THE LOYALTY OF SOME SHITASTICALLY RARE POISON SQUIRRELS.
BECAUSE OF THIS POWER SHES MANAGED TO TAKE ON FOES THAT WOULD NORMALLY JUST INCINERATE HER ON THE SPOT. SHE TOOK ON DOCTOR VICTOR VON DOOM FOR PETE’S PATOOTS NOT A DOOM BOT THE ACTUAL DOCTOR DOOM AN ACTUAL SORTA ALIEN GOD CALLED THE WATCHER HAD TO ACTUALLY FACT CHECK THAT SHIT BECAUSE EVEN HE DIDNT BELIEVE IT AND THAT FUCKER NEVER INTERVENES FOR SHIT BUT HE HAD TO IN THIS CASE BECAUSE THE WORLD JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE SQUIRREL GIRL DEFEATED THE GENUINE DOCTOR DOOM HE WAS LIKE “OH HELL YEAH I HAVE TO COME DOWN AND FACT CHECK THIS SHIT THE UNIVERSE NEEDS THIS WHAT IM SURE GALACTUS CAN WAIT.”
ALSO HOLD ONTO YOUR PANTALOONS BEACUSE THIS LADY ACTUALLY TOOK ON GALACTUS AND WON.
GALACTUS YES THAT GALACTUS THE GIANT DUDE THAT EATS PLANETS SHE TOOK ON A SPACE GOD WITH NOTHIN GBUT MOTHERFUCKING SQUIRRELS.
SHE NEEDS A SERIES. A MOVIE, A FANBASE SHES JUST THAT AWESOME.
ALSO SHE’S PART OF A LOSER HERO TEAM CALLED THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS AND ITS STAFFED BY A DUDE WHO CAN COME BACK TO LIFE WHEN HE DIES LIKE KENNY FROM SOUTH PARK
IM DONE HERE JUST USE WIKIPEDIA ALREADY DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
No, seriously, it has become something of a running gag that Squirrel Girl can defeat any villain.
She is like “Instant Fun, just add Squirrel Girl”.
I strongly recommend reading her adventures, they are just super-great. ^__^
(Minor correction, it is actually the Great Lakes Champions, not Avengers.)
(She also has a healing factor and enhanced strength among some other squirrel-themed powers.)
Marvel set up a system of gauging superheroes powers and based it largely on which characters have defeated and lost to other characters to determine what those power levels are. Due to Squirrel Girl having defeated so many strong villains, they were forced to put every single power category at 7 out of 7.
She is the only Marvel character in history to achieve this.
The red are what fans think her power ratings should be.
Blue is canon ratings.
[source: http://marvel.com/universe/Squirrel_Girl ]
SQUIRREL GIRL FOREVER! :D
Dazzler, who is frequently mocked and maligned because she’s GASP a GIRL who uses the power of SONG, also defeated Galactus.
I would watch a Dazzler movie like 500 times.
Marvel’s got a lot of GREAT and under-estimated female characters that I would LOVE to see get more play.
Hawkeye #19 was well worth the wait. I thought nothing would ever top Pizza Dog.
#19 is mostly in sign language with very little subtitles showing just how awesome the medium of comics can be.
Are we going to get Deaf/HoH Hawkeye in the movies? I really hope yes.
The Sociological Cinema
There was actually research that was done that found that women who used an “I have a boyfriend/husband” excuse to reject unwanted sexual attention and harassment by their bosses were more likely to be left alone than those who used any other excuse (including “I’m not interested”)
Because men respect another man’s property (and that’s how they see us) than a woman’s autonomy.
This is why I have NO TIME for arguments that state claiming a boyfriend to get out of unwanted attention is unfeminist. Yes, in an ideal world saying “I’m not interested” would work, but in the actual world women are treated like shit and judged, in large part, based on whether or not they are attached to a man and what that man’s status is. So “I’m not interested” comes across as “keep trying” while “I have a boyfriend/husband” comes across as “hands off, already belongs to a man.” “I have a girlfriend/wife” generally leads NOWHERE good.
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The ACLU has joined the fight to help Native American foster children in South Dakota. They will be presenting this issue to the UN in Geneva this August. Read the report at: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/2014.07.09_cerd_shadow_report_final.pdf#page=56
Also, read a blog from the ACLU at: https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/why-are-these-indian-children-being-torn-away-their-homes
Official Press Release:
ACLU to present Lakota Foster Care Crisis to UN
By Lakota People’s Law Project
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has included South Dakota’s persistent and illegal seizure of Lakota children in a report it is scheduled to present to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in August.
The United Nations will convene the 85th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, at which the ACLU will present an update on the United States’ compliance issues with human rights provisions as set forth by the UN.
In a section of the report entitled “Lack of Due Process in American Indian Child Custody Proceedings in South Dakota”, the ACLU details how statistics relating to the rate at which Lakota children are removed from their families when compared to non-Native counterparts “reflect intentional and unintentional racism, consistent with practices that have been condoned for decades in much of the United States.
The report further asserts that the Indian Child Welfare Act, passed in 1978 by Congress with the aim of stemming the problems of Indian children being removed from families and extended families within their tribes, has severe limitations. One of these limitations is the lack of a regular and comprehensive review by any federal agency to ensure state compliance with statutory requirements.
“Individual states are already required to report on a variety of measures regarding children in their care, but not on issues specific to ICWA compliance or the Indigenous children under state care,” the report states.
Additionally, the funding apparatus for tribal child welfare programs and officers hired to ensure ICWA provisions are being followed are cobbled together from different federal agencies and child welfare programs, leading to oversight confusion. A lack of funding for oversight and implementation is also listed as a limitation to the law in its current form.
The ACLU filed suit in federal court in March 2013 against various South Dakota state officials involved in the removal of Indian children from their homes under state child custody laws.
The suit was filed on behalf of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, two of the nine distinct tribes that occupy reservations within South Dakota’s borders.
The lawsuit alleges state officials violated the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution along with ICWA provisions routinely, which routinely resulted in the wrongful removal of scores of Lakota children on an annual basis.
The Lakota People’s Law Project (LPLP) has been working on foster care issues relative to the Native American children of South Dakota since 2005, partnering with tribes and leaders in South Dakota. LPLP has uncovered statistical evidence that an average of 742 Native American children are removed from their homes in South Dakota on an annual basis. When controlling for the factor of poverty, South Dakota still ranks third in the nation for the highest number of children taken into custody by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.
While Native American children constitute 13.5 percent of the child population in South Dakota, they comprise 54 percent of the youth foster care population. South Dakota has continued to ignore stipulations in ICWA that mandate placement of Native American children in Native American homes, placing about 87 percent of Native children in non-Native homes.
A report in May by the Argus Leader, the daily newspaper for Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found that South Dakota is one of the least transparent states relating to the operation of their Department of Social Services its cases.
“The state’s confidentiality laws prevent social services from commenting on specific cases, even when there are criminal charges,” the article states. “States such as Nebraska, Michigan and Minnesota are more transparent. In Minnesota, for example, the records and reports from abuse and neglect investigations are open for public review.”
The ACLU will present the child foster care issue as one of seven major issues that continue to confront the United States as it attempts to comply with the major human rights treaty monitored by the UN.
The other issues include Racial Profiling, Racial Disparities in Sentencing, Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Capital Punishment System, The Right to Vote, Discriminatory Treatment of Guestworkers and Undocumented Works and Predatory Lending and the Foreclosure Crisis.
The Lakota People’s Law Project is also funding several Lakota professionals to work on this campaign, and is launching an on-line petition campaign to pressure the Federal Departments to make the South Dakota tribes a priority for funding allocations.
The Lakota People’s Law Project’s activities have included funding and supporting Native experts to provide technical assistance to the tribes on family and child welfare issues. The project combines public interest law, research, education, and organizing into a unique model for advocacy and social reform.
The Lakota People’s Law Project is sponsored by the non-profit Romero Institute based in Santa Cruz, CA. The Institute is named after slain human rights advocate Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. The Institute seeks to identify and dismantle structural sources of injustice and threats to the survival of our human family.
please note how the people who are mad about a black captain america are not mad about christian bale’s white moses
Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for “abandoning” her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.
My latest for RHR. I’m done with school & back to writing consistently.
god bless sdcc
*casually forwards to vidcon*
I hope this was actually the case and people learned from it & not that nerds just zoned out until the Marvel thing, as a nerd is wont to do. I would hate to think people who wanted to see it couldn’t get in and people who were there were apathetic.
That’s my one big reservation, that the people who WANTED to see this panel weren’t able to get in bc the panel was filled w/ppl waiting for the next one & playing phone games or talking or wev.
The thing about Jan too that makes it even more infuriating is that she’s exactly the kind of character who would fit in well with the tone of the MCU. She’s witty and breezy and bold, and feminine in a way that is different from Natasha, just like Thor and Iron Man and Cap and Hulk all present different and valid kinds of masculinity. She’s an easy character to like, especially for young girls, who would probably squeal to see a superhero that is respected and powerful and still fashionable and funny and “girly.” She’s interesting and different, and her power set can solve problems the others can’t. She has an iconic costume and handle and …I just, why? I’m so mad, especially after the rumors of Rashida because for the love of god, the MCU needs a woman of color in a prominent role.
I feel incredibly angry on a feminist level and as a Marvel Comics fan. But also, I am seriously confused that they wouldn’t jump on the opportunities her character presents, both narratively and marketing wise.
Night Fury Attack
The unholy offspring of lightning and death itself ….
Has anyone done any Stitch (Lilo & Stitch) & Toothless fan art? Some of these Night Fury Babbies remind me of stitch… similar face shape & mouth shape, big ears, big eyes.