Gender neutral pronoun posters.
Keep in mind, though, this is by no means exhaustive! Just a few of the more popular pronouns in use.
Here’s some positive news! Remember how every X-film has seen a different Kitty Pryde? Well Ellen Page (who was in Last Stand and will be returning for Days of Future Past) has publicly declared that she would love to play Shadowcat in a standalone film. Especially with Avengers director and writer Joss Whedon directing. And Whedon is interested.
Of course, as we know, Hollywood and film producers have a nasty history of scoffing at the idea, but the stars may be aligning. Marvel producer Louis D’Esposito stated last week that the demand for a female-led film is clear and that a Black Widow, Pepper Potts, or Peggy Carter film is a possibility. Although, that could just be speculation and pandering on his part, but the words are too sweet to ignore. Especially since, in that interview, D’Esposito made mention of the idea of a Captain Marvel film. Now that’s something I can get behind.
Well, there you have it, folks. A clear and concise explanation as to why Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer can’t get married in Batwoman. A flawless argument from my personal hero, Dan DiDio.
Wait, sorry. Yet. Reread it. Yeah, that thing REEKS of bullshit.
Dan Didio says that heroes need to stick to roughing up the baddies to keep readers interested. And, apparently, fans of Batman and friends are slight sadists who only derive pleasure from watching the Batfamily if they have shitty lives.
I think that the author of the above article, Rob Bricken, does an excellent job at calling out DiDio. Especially, to paraphrase Bricken, considering the fact that DiDio asserts that personal lives are a strict no-no for DC characters, ignoring the fact that personal lives add depth and emotion to characters— and oh yeah. In the N52, Superman and Wonder Woman are dating. I mean, damn. How could we forget? I mean, you put it on the cover so that we couldn’t.
Now, dating is still technically different from marriage, but they both are entirely personal to the people involved. However, if Dan DiDio somehow wants to amend his statement to say that PDA and dating are okay (which, admittedly, they have been in the past for Batwoman— but let’s not ignore the fact that she’s a lesbian character written for an industry mostly geared towards heterosexual males and the fact that queer woman are usually hypersexualized) (although I would like to think that Williams did a good job in not oversexualizing her), then I guess to my knowledge he hasn’t committed a huge foul. I suppose, assuming there were no marriages from here on out, us hurt fans can be hurt but at least assured that it wasn’t personal. But that is the only minor plus from this situation, and it’s such a fine line for DC.
Bricken put it best.
The only problem with Kate and Maggie getting married is in his mind, and he’s going to forbid all DC characters from getting married — and boy, he’d better, because otherwise the only marriage he’ll be denying is the same-sex one
Sorry to ruin your weekend so early, but DC is holding a contest to draw Harley Quinn naked and killing herself. I honestly wish I was making this up, because this sounds like satire, but it’s true. This coming RIGHT AFTER J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman dropped out of Batwoman (my personal favorite ongoing series) because DC refused to let Kate get married to her fiancée in the actual comic.
So far in the month of September (it’s the 7th, guys) DC has alienated women, people suffering from mental illnesses, and queer people. Coming from a fan who fits all three categories, enjoy the bomb that will be the box office for Supe vs. Batman, DC. Can’t wait for the sales numbers this month, I’ll stock up on some Ultimate Spider-Man and Hawkeye.
If you are a Breaking Bad fan, know someone who is a Breaking Bad fan, you’ve definitely had an opinion on Skyler White or have heard something negative about her. The actress portraying her, Anna Gunn, has written this wonderfully worded op-ed about the negativity associated with her character and the sexism it implies.
Just in time for a new episode tomorrow, this is the perfect article to read or share on the social networks. Get to it, friends.
'Kick-Ass 2' Director And Star Discuss Cutting The Comic's Rape And Dog Killing Scenes From Film [Video]
[This article includes discussion of rape and spoilers for Kick-Ass 2]
Here’s an interesting follow-up to comic book writer Mark Millar’s controversial statements about the abundance of sexual violence in his works. Millar described his usage of rape as a way to “show how bad some villain is” and comparing it to decapitation.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse confirmed last year that [SPOILER FOR KICK-ASS 2] a gang rape scene that is featured in the comic, will not be happening in the film adaptation.
What is very intriguing to note is something mentioned in the first linked article from today. Director Jeff Wadlow, while stating that the graphic scene of sexual assault isn’t necessary for the film adaptation, justifies Millar’s use of it in the comic book.
The question here ends up being much more than about the basic (and important) topic of portrayal and sexualization of this act in entertainment— But instead about how its effect is viewed across different mediums.
Why does Millar think rape is an effective (apparently “the ultimate”) tool to portray a character as evil, considering its history of being used to harm victims and as a source of entertainment for others? Why does Wadlow believe that, while rape isn’t okay for film, it’s okay for the comic industry?
Rape should not be used to exemplify someone, whether it’s to show how evil a villain is or how pure and fragile a victim is. Rape is a real issue, in which one or more people commit an act of violence against others that they live with and are wrongly shamed for. It has many more dimensions and consequences than “evilness” or “tainting” or any of those stock words used.
These are tweets from Mike Krahulik, artist (and “Gabe”) from arguably the most popular (and problematic) gaming webcomic, Penny Arcade. These are just some of the infuriatingly transphobic statements he made today, trying to poke fun and belittle the misgendering and prejudice against real people. And, Mike Krahulik and his ilk are probably the most prominent people in the gaming industry, and the standard. Things have to change. This is unacceptable, not only does it alienate trans* and non-binary gamers, but it hurts all trans* and non-binary people as a whole.