You don’t need feminism, you need to stop being a little bitch and realize that there are still women in other countries fighting to get an education. They’re the ones who need EQUALITY, not government-paid birth control.
it’s the magical conservative magic trick where they suddenly pretend to care about women at all and on top of it women who aren’t american
it’s so impressive how quickly you guys do this like there isn’t any shame or anything
That’s it Brittany, we need to revoke our feminist cards because we are unable to hop on a plane at a moment’s notice to stop any and all female genital mutilations and/or public stonings of women etc before or as they are happening. Clearly we’re not doing enough.
Insight into the Comic Book Industry
This is not so much a critique post as it is a conformation of how absurd the standards of art in the comic book industry have become.
I traveled to San Diego Comic Con this year and participated in the portfolio reviews they where holding from Thursday to Sunday. Although I will admit I am not the best artist in the world, I really wanted to try and show them that comic book art could be done in a realistic manor while still keeping the superhuman aesthetics of the art form.
This Batwoman piece was the work that I gained the most flack for from all the companies because the anatomy was as they quoted ‘not industry standard.’ At one company (which I shall choose to not name) I was given a full critique on the anatomical incorrections as the following.
“Her breasts are much too small and do not have the lift that superhero women should have. Her jawline is fat and her neck much too long. The style of her hair is clunky and does not flow in a sense that a super human would. Her hips, waist and thighs are too big and she honestly looks fat. No one is going to want to read a comic with a fat female protagonist. I honestly recommend looking at issues of Sport’s Illustrated to get the right anatomy. Those women are the peak of human perfection, and that is what we want in this industry.”
Peak of human perfection? I don’t know about you, but I don’t see living on salad and dietary pills as perfection.
I would like to say this was just the opinion of one editor from one company, but I found similar opinions at almost every review I went to. By the end I was pretty upset, having been following this blog for very long and trying hard to make my anatomy believable and human. But this is not something the comic book industry seems to want, and it’s something that I thought everyone deserved to be informed on.
Again, this is not to bring attention to me and my own art, but rather inform the community of just what their artistic standards are, and why so many what we deem ‘bad artists’ are able to get full careers working for these companies.
Your Batwoman pic is awesome, and it’s not like you didn’t give her curves or anything and her breasts aren’t small. What do they think swimsuit models look like in a costume anyway? And honestly, your piece is a lot closer to that SI cover than a lot of the “industry standard” art, but it is interesting that they consider Sports Illustrated swimsuit models as what superheroines should look like (even though they don’t end up looking like SI swimsuit models either.)
It doesn’t surprise me though, but it’s sad that that is considered the “peak of human perfection” though. I think they’re confusing “what I find attractive in women” and “a woman at the peak of athletic perfection” much less “human perfection.”
(As a note, I don’t think we should assume that professional models necessarily exist on diet pills and salads, nor that thin people are necessarily unhealthily starving themselves. Also, SI images probably are quite touched up too.)
“A man molests a young woman sitting next to him on a Japanese train, drags her to a restroom and rapes her while she sobs. Some 40 fellow passengers fail to intervene.”
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Feminist men need to understand that their liberation from standards of masculinity goes hand in hand with smashing patriarchal misogynistic social structures. Instead of listing off the problems that he feels feminists aren’t addressing (and thus expecting women to drop everything and mommy him – a sexist expectation in the first place), he can either begin to address them himself or try to recognize how intersectionality affects oppression. The fact of the matter is that feminists should not have to dedicate 50% of time and resources to men’s issues.
So yes, men have issues. However, in no way, shape, or form are they of the same caliber as the problems and oppression facing women. If he is intent on making feminism about men, or inflating the issues that men face in order to play Oppression Olympics with the women he is conversing and organizing with, he is a fauxminist. Seriously: the minute he mentions the draft just stop listening.
Megan Milanese from STFUfauxminist.
Whole article here. This was my favorite part, especially about the draft.
Some of my favorite feminist books on my shelf…
So I have a pretty extensive collection of books… Here are some of my favorite books on feminist/by feminist I own. I recommend bugging the hell out of your library if they don’t have them. I didn’t put any fiction books on the list or history ones, maybe I’ll write up other lists for those. I did put this list together of books on women and Christianity.
- Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks.
- Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti.
- Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work Is Done by Susan J Douglas.
- Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
- Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
- Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
- Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by multiple people.
- The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology
- Policing the National Body by Anannya Bhattacharjee and Jael Silliman
- Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice by Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross and Elena Gutierrez
- Our Bodies, Ourselves
- Sex For One by Betty Dodson
- The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy
- Backlash by Susan Faludi
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation by Leora Tanenbaum
I didn’t list all their work but I recommend looking into bell hooks, Angela Davis, Susan Douglas, Jessica Valenti [I know some of my followers hate her work but I like it. Without her work I doubt I would have gotten into feminism], and Patricia Hill Collins.
edit:Have you read Princesses and Pornstars by Emily Maguire? A great, easy beginners feminist text and highly quotable.
I’ve never read the book but I am always looking for ‘intro to feminism’ besides Jessica Valenti’s Full Frontal Feminism and bell hooks Feminism is For Everybody. I’ll have to check it out.
Feminists Love Stereotypes
I heard a song today that had lyrics like, “Women get weary and when they get weary, try a little tenderness,” or something. I cringed a bit, like ewww that’s lame.
Now my reaction was just “lol, cringe” but they were the sort of lyrics that wind feminists up and make them scream about generalisations and stereotypes oppressing women.
Feminists seem to love “radical” lyrics about “RiOt GrRl tAkIn oVeR tHe WRrRlD wRaPpIn fIsHnEt TiGhTs rOuNd uR bOoBs StiCkIn iT tO tHe MaN yEaH wEaRrIn ViBrAtIn CoCk RiNgS aS eArRiNgS wOnT dO wAt wE’Re ToLd” and ‘artwork’ that shows women with drawn on green beards and neon pink mohawk hairdos wearing safety pins in their nipples.
Such lyrics make me cringe as much as the “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” ones; Such ‘artwork’ makes me cringe as much as framed marilyn monroe things where there’s some inane girly quote.
The thing is though, that I don’t think either the “women love pink things and manolos” type generalisations or the “womyn are strrrng rebelz” generalisations are inherently bad, it’s just I don’t much like them personally. Feminists however, seem to think that “women love pink things and manolos” stereotypes are “harmful” and “oppressive bullshit” and “heteronormative” and blah blah blah.
They blather on with, “Ewww if a man gave me a bouquet of roses and diamond earrings I’d throw up on him,” or “This song assumes that girls like teddy bears and flowers, I hate teddy bears and flowers.” Such stereotypes, they claim, are harmful, because “not all girls like xyz.” Bearing this in mind, why do they think their ”rIoT pUnK aNaRcHiSt GrRl” things are “empowering”? There are many girls who do want to be swept away with old fashioned romance who love fashion and diamonds and old fashioned “tall dark strangers”.
Why do feminists consider one set of generalisations and stereotypes to be “oppressive, heteronormative, patriarchal bullshit” whilst their set of stereotypes is “empowering women”.
Females who like puppies in handbags, expensive handbags, sparkly shoes, domineering and powerful men, and being a glamourous looking housewife, are not forced to like these things by any patriarchy.
Feminists: Be happy with your own tastes rather than branding other people’s choices “harmful”. Your “radical” songs and artwork are just another stereotype like the puppy one I built above. It is not ground breaking or “smashing the kyriarchy”. Men aren’t trying to condition you to be Audrey Hepburn.
LOL you think you’re clever for writing something feminists figured out a while ago. Go read Manifesta by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, plz. It was only written oh, 11 years ago. They cover this topic.
When will these special snowflakes melt already?
(EDIT: I just noticed who wrote this, so the comment I made about people not reading much offline these days doesn’t apply.)
Also, I love when people go on about feminists loving stereotypes, while stereotyping feminists. For the record, I love the Otis Redding version of that song, as much as the Nine Simone and Tina Turner ones. :)