Posted 9 minutes ago

rapeculturerealities:

This has been popping up in my news feed lately. I don’t read comics, and I didn’t really read much of the commentary on the “Spiderwoman” cover issue, but I do see a lot of the comments. Most of their arguments are “but men get objectified too!! but you don’t see us complain.” OK. Trying hard not to get into a fight with strangers on facebook.

What’s funny about this (and by “funny” I mean gross) is that the cover is actually a rip off of the artist’s own porno comic  

The tired argument about “men get that treatment too” is stale because it presumes that all other things are equal and they aren’t.  Male characters get better plot lines, more varied stories, their own movies and movie franchises,  

Women in comics are so often killed off just as catalyst for the hero’s righteous anger that there’s a term for it .

We are seeing more frequent and varied representations of women in comic books these days, (notably the fact that Storm, a Kenyan woman just got her own solo series run and it’s getting pretty good reviews & Ms Marvel is a Pakistani.-American Muslim), but it’s far from a level playing field.  

Comics are becoming more accessible to a wider audience and thankfully, women have been vocal about what they want to see more of in the pages.  Marvel seems to have taken more of an interest in what their female fans have to say (DC’s pretty tone deaf when it comes to the ladies, doing things like asking fans to draw a popular female character nude and committing suicide)

It remains to be seen if Marvel will listen to female fans about this cover, but I’m not surprised that so many people are just shrugging it off.  It would get lost in the sea of similarly sexual covers at any local comic shop, which is one reason many women choose to keep their pull lists online.  

But DC and Marvel are not the only game in town!  I can personally recommend some wonderful comics that depart from the boys club:

Rat Queens: Medieval fantasy series featuring a bunch of ass-kicking ladies, diversity in skin color, sexuality and body types, some pretty funny jokes.

Sex Criminals about a couple who can freeze time when they orgasm. The first issue shows our young heroine discovering the joys of masturbation and the confusion of feeling like she’s different because of what happens (resulting in some pretty funny interactions with her schoolmates)

Lumberjanes about 5 girls at summer camp who are dealing with the supernatural creatures in the forest. This one is suitable for younger children too and is also pretty diverse.

These are just a few.  There are many wonderful comics out there doing it right. If you don’t see what you want out there, demand it.  Or make it!  Put your money where your values are and with our growing numbers and influence, those that produce comics will be forced to listen.

-Spider-

Posted 27 minutes ago

theamazingcat:

tastefullyoffensive:

Animals With Unusual Fur Markings [bp]

Previously: Cats Sitting Like HumansBunnies Sticking Their Tongues Out

the Dick Dog though….. boy thing probably took him forever to get adopted

Posted 34 minutes ago

Today in Rape Culture: More victims are possible in Oklahoma City police sex crime case

rapeculturerealities:

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, a three-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department, was arrested  on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure. He was being held in the Oklahoma County jail in lieu of $5 million bail.

Holtzclaw is accused of stopping women — some as they walked through neighborhoods — and threatening them with arrest, Citty said. Police said Holtzclaw forced women to expose themselves, fondled the women, and in at least one instance, [raped] a woman, Citty said.

The chief said all the victims are black women between the ages of 34 and 58.

Because most white women aren’t entrained to understand from the day we’re born that the police can arrest you for nothing. The threat of arrest for nothing has to be believed. 

And the history of letting cops harass black people, and threaten them with arrest for nothing, and arrest them for nothing, and disbelieving them when they say they weren’t doing anything illegal, all conspired to make Holtzclaw’s threat meaningful to black women in a way it might not have been for most white women. 

Which is not to suggest non-black women haven’t been exploited this way. They have. My point is that Holtzclaw chose victims he perceived as most likely to be intimidated by a threat of arrest for nothing and least likely to want to interact with the police to report him.



If anyone’s in the position to understand people’s relationships with the cops, to exploit it, it’s a police officer. And no one is more intimately familiar with the rape culture, and how to exploit it to his advantage, than a rapist. 

Posted 46 minutes ago

idopaint-themgreen:

the-fury-of-a-time-lord:

lgbtqblogs:

Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.

Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.

As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.

The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.

‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.

But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.

‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.

Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.

holy jesus look at these two warrior princesses

they are my heroes

YOU GO GIRLS

"Oh, you don’t wanna recognize my gender? Okay then lol guess you have to recognize my marriage"

that is amazing

Posted 47 minutes ago

idopaint-themgreen:

the-fury-of-a-time-lord:

lgbtqblogs:

Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.

Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.

As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.

The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.

‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.

But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.

‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.

Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.

holy jesus look at these two warrior princesses

they are my heroes

YOU GO GIRLS

"Oh, you don’t wanna recognize my gender? Okay then lol guess you have to recognize my marriage"

that is amazing

Posted 4 hours ago

timothydelaghetto:

turnerejg:

fleshbeing:

veralynn23

Valerie Hegarty

Famous paintings come to life in 3D sculptures of nature’s destructive tendencies.

Wow I really like this

Wow

(Source: fem-arts)

Posted 20 hours ago

thechanelmuse:

1000 roses on Canfield, the area which Mike Brown was murdered.

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Posted 22 hours ago

bwoopbwoop:

Some of the tweets that struck me from #yesallwomen

Posted 22 hours ago