the boys who use superheroes to propagate and enforce oppressive racial and sexual narratives—even the writers—aren’t real fans. they’re usurpers. they’ve betrayed what these characters stand for and why they were created. Superheroes were dreamed up and drawn by kids who had to…
Well, I see your point but I don’t really like idea of making Spider-Man black. Does that make me a fake fan? I don’t think so.
I dunno if it makes you a fake fan, but you might have internalized some toxic messages about black people if you don’t think that anything Peter Parker is or could stand for, couldn’t also be portrayed just as well or better by a black kid. The issues with money, the love of photography, the smart attitude, the problems with the police, the insecurity and determination to be a hero—that’s not just something white kids, or boys, have. Also, learning to identify with heroes and roll models of other races and genders is a pretty good thing to do.
Anyway Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, his original creators, were both jewish at a time where you got fired as shit for that kind of thing if you weren’t careful. A lot of our culture’s heroes have been stripped over the decades of the progressive ideals that gave rise to them—so I feel like Spiderman once more being representative of the heroic dreams of an actively persecuted minority population, struggling with issues of assimilation and identity, is pretty appropriate.
i think disliking a character’s appearance changing doesn’t necessarily come from racism. for a lot of people, it’s the change that’s upsetting, rather than the race of the new depiction.
i was talking about this with seebs a while back, and i mentioned that i have about the same reaction to a black spiderman that i would to a white nick fury. seebs told me nick fury used to be drawn white, and i was like WHAT NO NOT COOL. it really upset me. to me nick fury is black, and trying to imagine him white freaked me out.
of course, this does not even remotely excuse assholes spewing racist invective. i just wanted to mention that when a character’s appearance undergoes a drastic change, that’s freaky for a lot of people. in my case it’s probably an autism thing; i’m slightly faceblind, so i identify people by unique appearance cues. if a few of those cues change, like in homestuck bloodswaps where characters still have their same horns and dress styles, it’s a fun puzzle. if ALL of those cues change, i’m lost and confused.
I see your point! Sometimes I have to blink and squint a bit to recognize a Homestuck character too, haha, and it’s irritating. And distress from, and aversion to, pointless and drastic changes is really common and understandable a reaction! But I think the problem here is in practice that while a superhero’s costume change is generally treated to a fair amount of criticism by people who liked the old costume just fine, a superhero’s title or roll being passed to a non-white or even non-man person is subject to thunderous complaints and resistance and threats of boycott and wails about political correctness.
The resistance to superheroes of color (and models of color and actors of color and so on) is really frequently defended as personal preference or ‘aesthetics’, which kind of ruins that reason for everyone to whom it’s not just an excuse for internalized, unexamined bias.
And—yeah, Nick Fury was and still is white in Marvel’s original universe. They made him black in an alternate universe! (the same universe where Miles took over after Peter died) Despite bigots wailing about a character being ‘ruined’, big changes like race, gender, or permanent deaths generally get outsourced to other universes or hypothetical oneshots. But then they got Samuel L Jackson to play him for the movies and everyone loved it and cheerfully forgot about white Fury. So, that’s awesome.
This dress belonged to Amelia Beard Hollenback (1844-1918), wife of the prominent financier and philanthropist John Welles Hollenback (1835-1927). In 1874, the Hollenback family settled in the neighborhood of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. In the 19th century, Brooklyn became a metropolitan center with numerous affluent neighborhoods and a thriving downtown shopping district. Like many of the garments in Hollenback gift, this dress was most likely custom-made by a Brooklyn-based dressmaker. The unusual color and intriguing use of solid and striped wool fabric in this day dress has a folkloric aesthetic, which may have been inspired by an Amelia Hollenback’s travels through the Southwest. The inventive asymmetrical draping shows a high level of sophistication and design sensibility that was atypical for a day dress. (X)
Why I call my “heroine” a hero
Modern-day English has very few words, where there are separate forms to describe men and women (e.g. actor and actress). But even they are still being reduced. For example, the gender-neutral flight attendant has become the accepted politically term. But what has does that have to do with Valerie, the protagonist of my novel, calling herself a hero rather than a heroine?
There is something called linguistic determinism. In simple terms the essence of this concept is that we perceive the world within the limits of the words we have to express our experiences. This concept is proven by studies, which have also supported such decisions as to introduce gender-neutral terms like fire fighter.
So why is fire fighter better than fireman? These studies showed that male-dominated language can cause inequalities to women. If the only way, in which we can describe a person who professionally puts out fires is fireman, it tells little girls that women can’t work as “firemen” because they are not men. Therefore, gender-neutral forms are important. Then why did I use the male-dominated form?
When you look up the word hero in dictionaries you get such definitions as “A person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities” from the Oxford English Dictionary. Since a fireman and a firewoman do the same job, one would expect that a hero and heroine are regarded equally as well. Unfortunately, the word heroine is still often understood in terms of a romantic heroine, whose only adventure is falling in love and procuring the interest of a man. Of course the meaning of heroine is shifting to a more equal one but I wanted to be absolutely clear from the start that Valerie aspires to be a hero with all of its connotations of courage and achievements, rather than fooling the reader into thinking this story will be about her looking for a boyfriend.
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“The basis of most arguments against trans people is that we are not who we say we are, that we are always and only the gender that we were assigned at birth. And so much of that is about having a sense of certainty around gender, that when you were born with a certain set of genitalia, then that must dictate your entire life, and the reality is that that’s not true. A lot of people are not comfortable with that, because then that means they have to begin to question who they are.”- Laverne Cox
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AU: Castiel as the Doctor (inspired by this)
THIS WORKS SO WELL HOLY FUCK THIS IS THE BEST EDITING I’VE SEEN IN MY LIFE.
“Not all angels are bad”
How in the fuck? Seriously, how in the fuck did this gif maker do this?! How?!
this looks 10000000% real what the shit
Does this make Sam and Dean companions? I THINK YES!
Oh god, I hope someone writes a fic
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Jinora, come forward. Today we welcome the first airbending master in a generation, and I couldn’t be more proud of my daughter. When the existence of our people was threatened, when the avatar’s life hung in the balance, Jinora never gave up hope. Thanks to her leadership, I see a very bright future for the air nation. Of course there would be no air nation without avatar Korra. She opened the portals and somehow the world began anew for us, and she was even willing to lay down her own life in order to protect ours. There’s no way we can ever repay her for all she’s done, but we can follow her example of service and sacrifice. So while she recuperates, the air nation will reclaim its nomadic roots and roam the earth. But unlike our ancestors, we will serve people of all nations, working wherever there is corruption and discord, to restore balance and peace. Avatar Korra, I vow that we will do everything in our power to follow in your footsteps and bring harmony to the world. Now, let us anoint the master who will help lead us in our new path. Master Jinora.
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As Earle Bergey is to Barbarella, Allan Anderson is to Xena Warrior-Princess.
While Bergey’s cover girls were all cutesy miniskirts & ray guns, Anderson’s were chain-mail & badass battle-axes. And none more so than his Black Amazon of Mars.
Planet Stories, March 1951.
And Leigh Brackett, Leigh. Eff-ing. Brackett. Known as the “Queen of Space Opera”, one of the best and most prolific of all the women pulp writers, she wrote dozens of short stories & novelettes for Planet Stories, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories throughout the forties & fifties before starting a jaw dropping screenwriting career.
Her first hollywood gig? Co-writing the adaptation of The Big Sleep…with William Faulkner. She then wrote a series of westerns for John Wayne before returning to the works of Raymond Chandler with Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.
Her Final hollywood work? A little flick called Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Queen of Space Opera? All hail the Queen.
Crystal Reed in ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’
that one time crystal reed high-fived ryan gosling