Thursday, January 31, 2008

Two Questions

1. Stephanie. Memorial Case. Bat Cave - Is it true that one's there now?

2. Is it also true that it's a pathetic appeasement that says nothing about why it wasn't there or why it should be there?

Bonus: Do they really thing that after all this time, a case now will a) shut fans up, b) shut girl wonder up or c) shut up any bloggers or organizations that were created due to the outrage and conversation?

Extra: Can someone draw me a Mary Jane Memorial Case? ETA: And maybe one for Tigra?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dear Brian Michael Bendis & Calo Pagulayan - You Fail.

I'm not going to list all the crap, cause you likely know it. And you can scroll through my entries and find it. But Tigra getting pimp smacked, while naked in her own bed, while a gang of eager leering thugs watch her be man handled and threatened...

I'm going to my animation place now. It's happy making. And there's less spermy spooge.

Friday, January 25, 2008

7th PoC Carnival

The Anti-Street / Urban Anti - Exotic / Lit Carnival

We need more science fiction writers of the African and African American perspectives. I am sick and tired of all of the gangsta, baby mama drama, and minstrel literature that is out there. Black people do and can think. There needs to be stories that reflect that.
- Anonymous on Monday, December 08, 2003 - 10:05 am

I started collecting links for this carnival wanting to find us; wanting to find sites that uplifted and gave hope and were examples of what we're doing in in the SciFi & Fantasy world, how we're creating and making a place for ourselves. We meaning People of Colour.

Maybe I'm on the wrong mental frequency, maybe I found what I was feeling - which was frustration and anger. Because I started out thinking I was collecting links of hope but by the end as I started writing this up, the hopeful section seemed smaller and smaller. And then as I found more links, the cock-eyed wrongness, the sheer 'oh no they didn't' kept popping up neon red and singing.

So I'm going to say something long and loud, a heavy slice of this Carnival is about the harm of Street/ Urban Lit. And then I'm going to cheer myself and hopefully the rest of you up, by posting some FUBU links - For Us By Us.


Urban Lit has done for black folk what Manga has done for Asians. And I'm talking about the negatives here, not any positives. Anime and Manga has resulted in one aspect of Asian culture being up on a menu at the restaurant fast food joint of Cultural Appropriation (A limited liability company).

Is the general public aware that there exists more than manga in the Asian indie comic circuit? No, not usually. Heck a lot of the times there'll be a blank look if you mention a country that's not China or Japan. A few of them might nod to Korea, with Manhwa, but mention the Philippines and there's confusion. Say Sri Lanka and you could get a 'Huh?'. Remind them that the peoples of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are Asian peoples too, South Asian peoples and you might get someone asking if Pakistan isn't part of Korea. It might be enough to stop you pointing out instances of South Asian Fiction, far less with magical realism or fantasy elements.

Anime? There's Indian Animation?

Insert your head-thunk here. It's one thing not to know about it specifically it's another to feel as if it's impossible for countries that are not Y to have anything to do with Z.

As an aside, if you read The Green Turban at Desilit Magazine (the above link) tell me the story doesn't remind you of possible circumstances in many a movie involving white characters - except they got to be the hero in the end.

So Urban Lit, Street Lit; I get on the bus and I see women in their forties and fifties, reading books called 'Pappa Don't Preach' and 'My Daddy Pimp'. This is what the teenagers on the bus see them reading. This is the example being set. And not just by black folk, oh no. This stuff comes in spanish too.

There's usually a Black or Asian or Latina woman on the cover, wearing something too short and holding a wad of money, or being groped by some guy or wearing far too much jewelry. And if the woman on the cover is Asian, the title will mention something about 'Exotic'; His Little Slice of China or what the eff ever.

The cover on the book that lit the match to the explosion of my loathing for things Street Lit, has a woman leaning on a motorbike with DC behind her and a cigar in her hand. The picture's a little blurry, a little 'inexpensive' but the story was supposed to be about an African American woman who turns Vigilante; A Super Hero; Martial arts and maybe a little bit of gadgetry. A female semi Batman. My kind of thing.

But I Didn't Get A Heroine .

Ocyter's plea for recommendations of YA fic , with a strict 'No Gangs Please', let me know I'm not alone in being tired of this. In fact, I really like her phrasing:

"I am tired of scanning summaries of books about POC and going gang, unwanted pregnancy, gang, violence, gang, OPPRESSION, gang, racism, gang, abusive boyfriend, gang, historical oppression, gang."

We are more than fighting injustice over and over again. We are more than tales of "URBAN" life and how much do I loathe that word and how it's come to mean 'Black - Gangs, Drugs, Ho's. Film at 11'.

We have stories to tell about ourselves, about love and loss and family and adventure. We are more than colourful backdrops for whites to have an adventure against.

Why is it all only books where adventure is running from the cops? Why is it all; Blacks In The Hood, Latinos in Gangs, and South Asians, Asians and Middle Eastern/Saudi/Persian Descended Peoples all adjusting from their exotic life to a big complex majority white world? Usually Women of Colour fighting to fit their 'exotic' selves into a white world?

I don't know where to start, but I know something has to be done to counter-act this flood of - Street Lit Is The New Money! - stories that go around us and through us and discuss us, like we're bizarre animals in a zoo but aren't stories about us.

There is bank and flow and prosperity exchanges happening that focuses on our lives as OTHER. It's a situation where we're living in a Science Fiction reality and we're the aliens.

But I wrote a separate essay for that (linked above)

Moving on to yet another example of Us as OTHER ...

Cassie Edwards.

What a hot mess.

She's a prime example of what happens (regularly) when whites try to tell their version of a "positive portrayal"; Fetish dressed up with leather fringe thong and feathers in the hair. Delux-Vivens raises some of the same points that have had me fretting recently. It's all in her essay here:

What I find most interesting about the premise of these books, and the way in which it seemingly goes utterly unquestioned, is how, exactly, its supposed to be deeply OK for native men to be the targets of such a disturbing sexual fetish and everyone (esp native people) is supposed to be fine with that.

DV's article ties in nicely with this one about Dawnstar, a superheroine member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Cassie Edwards might have tried for specific tribal customs and geography, but Rob Schmidt points out the other side of the Noble Indian Savage is The Generic Indian Princess.

And then I found this in the blog, American Indians in Children's Literature, the write up is also about Cassie Edward; how she's not the first to steal the words of native writers and also how her stereotyped filled books misinform the readers, who may be parents. These parents then go on to buy books for their children based on what they think is solid research from a beloved author, only to end up buying and promoting more stereotypes.

Yeah, they're not any happier about The Savage Indian series than Delux-Vivens

Question - What is generic earth based spirituality and buckskin with fringes? A fetish? A box? (type?) A Disney movie?

Either way, it's all making money on OTHER.

It always seems to come back to other. Metempsychosis of the Machine: Science Fiction in the Halls of a rich text about the cultural appropriation of the Third World for OTHER (the aliens, the strange culture that's so unlike 'our own' where our stands for definitions of whiteness and imperialism) Read it. Please just read it. I did, even though it hurt me to admit a harsh truth about my beloved DUNE (Frank Herbert)

What happens in Dune (amidst a wealth of future-Byzantine court intrigue) is that a rich white boy in a clearly recognisable fictional Middle East is adopted by some quasi-Islamic tribesfolk and becomes a version of Mohammed.

And actually I need to re-read it, slower and more thoughtfully because as a writer I don't want to get caught up in the conceit that all things not Eurocentric can serve as alien. I haven't really thought before of what it might mean to represent the culture of my birth as other to be read about by non-Caribbean peoples. I don't want to partake in the continual 'rape/mugging of the Third world'.

John Jenning's (link is his myspace, but don't hate the man for that - his art is beautiful) put some of his thoughts about that mugging of culture into "The Hole". A graphic novel, it places emphasis on African Americans in the US and is described as " a science fiction horror story depicting the buying and selling of race in America"; Race as a commodity even today in the form of hiphop culture. It's something I was personally aware of but hadn't thought about as closely as I should. I mean I hear all the time that it's white teenagers buying up the albums but hiphop isn't so much my thing, so I don't know like I should know.

There are sample pages up at the link. And if you can figure out how to buy the book or support him (because I'm too old to make sense of myspace) then I'd appreciate a comment or link back.

But speaking of hiphop culture and who buys into it the most and combine that with the seeming birds eye voyuerstic view on us that Street Lit would have buyers believe they have and suddenly certain attitudes make a whole lot more sense.

Attitudes like this:

From Girl Gamers, let me introduce you to i_am_pellucid involving him or herself in this thread.


on 2008-01-21 11:59 am - Racial bigotry will always exist as long as it is OK for one race to use a word, but not OK for another one to.

2008-01-21 12:07 pm - It's always annoyed me how the people who seem to most loudly claim they want equality in this country never think twice about shitting on a white person for saying or doing something that they encourage among non-white people all the time.

on 2008-01-21 02:39 pm - No, I'm sick of learning made-up laws about how I'm supposed to interact with people based on this, that, or the other superficial detail. I'm going to treat everyone in the exact same manner and I'm not going to let anyone to tell me to do otherwise under the banner of race relations, gender relations, or anything else.

on 2008-01-21 02:46 pm - If you want to be bound by every taboo that offends someone, be my guest, but I hope you're prepared to wear a burkha and not speak unless spoken to. Those of us who think that some social taboos were meant to be broken in half will continue to do as we please, however.

on 2008-01-21 02:55 pm - Of course it does. Affirmative action is racism. Some social organizations are still racist. Many scholarship programs are racist. Racism is all around us, and always will be unless people are willing to start treating everyone the same way. I know I'm basically hitting my head against the wall by doing it, but I'd rather hit my head against the wall doing what I think is right than sell my morals to make people feel better about themselves.

B. I. N. G. OMG! O! BINGO!

The muffler and blinders of institutional racism protecting institutional racism with a side order of "I know how you people think/are/whatever".

And if you want to further raise your pressure, check out the gift of words one comics fan left for author Dwayne Mcduffie, on MLK's birthday no less.

I quote:
I can read about it, even talk about it hours on end with the elder black lady that walks the halls in the nursing home where I did security, and hold her as she would occasionally cry about it. I did not experience these problems, I can't know what it was like, I will never feel what they felt as they went through it.
Now, WENT through is the operative term to me. Past. The 30 year old black man barely went through anything as difficult as their previous generation, and NOW the teens can't even begin to know what their fathers and grandfathers went through, and they are still the "angry black man". Angry about what? your IPOD doesn't work??? Your gold is fake??? What?

Street Lit - Negative Expectations and Perceptions. It is its own very bad successful PR campaign about the people it claims to represent as it claims to give them opportunities.



  1. Yes there's a touch of Wild Black Man in there. But I saw it more as 'Lion of Judah'. And when's the last time outside of Deep Space Nine, a black man was the head of a team to do right?

    Taken off the project's MySpace Page.

    " DSX (Dread Society X) is the last group of Rebels left in a chaotic, post-apocolyptic world. Using the weapons of their ancestors from all cultures, they defend themselves from the Demonic Regime of the GRI (Global Reconstruction Initiative). Aza Khan leads a group of outlaws and rebels to return to the place of his father's birth. Upon returning he learns many truths about the world and his role in a prophecy foretold by elders of his father's tribe. Aza now faces his destiny...Will the GRI fall before Aza Khan.... " ©2003-2006 Dread Society X.

  2. Secret Identities
    Way back in September of 07, Sigelphoenix was promoting this Anthology of Asian American Super Heroes due out this (2008) fall.

    So was Jeff Yang and his article also turned me onto Larry Hama.

  3. Did you know the man who put the blood, sweat and tears into the G.I. Joe Comics Franchise was Asian? Larry Hama. I didn't until now. When I was a kid, I ate up G.I.Joe. I watched the movies. I read the comics. I had the action figures. Larry Hama was responsible for the character bios on the backing of the toys I so coveted. Larry Hama is responsible for my hard crush on Lady Jaye and Cover Girl. His female characters rocked hard core, and strong with the ass kicking.

    And he's over at Devil's Due Publishing right now with G.I.Joe Declassified and a spin off for Storm Shadow.

  4. Also check out these Asian Indie Comic Creators: Bryan Lee O'Malley, Kean Soo, E.J. Su, Amy Kim Ganter, Kazu Kabuishi, Gene Yang

  5. Earlier I mentioned other Asian Indie Comics. Here are some Khmer Comics aka Cambodian & like manga.

  6. The Healthy Aboriginal is a site for a First Nations comic - a suicide prevention comic. I know, I know, it doesn't seem like an uplifting thing to promote. And yet it involves a Native American Superhero and it's for NA youth to both show that NA youth are a high risk group for suicide and to spread hope that suicide's not the only dream left. One article calls it iconic. I seriously wish I could get my hands on more than just a few scans.

  7. I mentioned Dawnstar earlier. The same blogger came up with a plausible backstory for her that would make her more two dimensional. I think the storyline is too complex for DC, especially for a female character in DC. I guess that shows what I think of DC.

  8. There is an amazing resource in AfriComics. The site calls itself The Black Science Fiction and Comic Book Portal. Someone get on my case about updating the Carnival's site, because links like this need to be shared when found. This site compiles resources on novels, webcomics, indies, movies and tv. Unfortunately the official blog seems to have been last updated in November of 07. I can't find contact info to give you to go spread some love. But hits to the site have to count too.

  9. Stealth, it's a webcomic that offers its archive via Lulu. I hadn't known Lulu could be a resource for African Descended Comics (primarily African American, I think) or general AA Literature. Lulu somehow got stuck in my head as that place people from Nifty go to sell their sex novels. If you'd been thinking along those lines too, now's a good time to re-construct your vision.

  10. Gene Wolfe: "Magical Realism is Fantasy written in Spanish."


  11. The following collection of links is likely not the best in the world for First Nations / American Indian sites of interest. It's been difficult to find too much that's science fiction / fantasy. Either it's listed under Magical Realism, like two books I read this summer, (whose titles I will find eventually) or simply labeled 'legend retelling'. Legend retelling, to my mind isn't the same thing at all. I'd like to see a King James Bible get labeled as 'legend' the uproar would be huge.

    But either way these books get listed in other groups; contemporary fiction, folktales, etc.

    Aside: I never knew magical realism was such a loaded term. I just always thought it was just inaccurate.

  12. BLACK SCIENCE FICTION A tinly little angelfire site devoted to the topic with stories by one John M Faucette

  13. ART

  14. The Ausarian Scrolls - The site is confusing as crap. There doesn't seem to have ever been any serious traffic and it's easy to understand why. Again? Site navigation, text, all confusing and tiny as crap. But the project itself was/is one ambitious undertaking and a lot of the imagery is gorgeous. Bear with it for ten mins for the art.

  15. Joseph R Wheeler Presents The New Art Order. Hasn't been updated since May of 07 apparently. But here is his full colour porfolio and here is his black and white porfolio.


Next Carnival: February. Ladyjax on livejournal

Special Note: To all the artists following the carnival, I'd like to do a special issue this year that's an all art issue. I'll post something separately as I get the idea more organized. But right now, who'd be interested in sketching a special piece for it? Who'd be willing to promote it? Would someone (an artist) like to host it themselves? Ideas welcome.

Monday, January 21, 2008


I was discussing M-Day with a friend earlier, she hadn't heard too much about it. And it made me piece together random snippets of thought I'd had about the whole thing.

It's been bugging me and bugging me that Marvel claims to have done this because mutants were no longer the minority and that this was affecting the story.

I may have mentioned previous that there's still plenty that can be done with being a majority that's hated and feared. But there was a piece I hadn't thought through yet when I said that.

Homo Superior.

Mutants are supposed to be what man-kind is evolving into. It makes lots of sense to me that even if you want to call the past 25 yrs of comic history an extended FIVE YEAR STORYLINE, it still makes sense for mutants to slowly emerge in greater and greater numbers.

All the fear and suspicion doesn't go away the more mutants you have - at least not to my thinking. I think everything would get worse. I mean, right now there's all this talk about how 'The White Man' is the most put upon true minority on earth. Which I won't get into here.

But I can see sentiments about how Normal Human Beings are becoming the minority and what then? And how will that affect schools and life and crime fighting and public safety.

So I've been having thinky thoughts, especially in the wake of One More Day and Brand New Day.

The Mutants had a reboot.

Spiderman has had a reboot.

Is it that scary that these wonderful stories should continue? Is it that awful?

And has been pointed out time and time again, with one offs and AU special series and a new line of a new take on the universe (which also implies you could start a second new line for a new take on the universe - I'm fond of gender switch myself) why not move forward?

Why not see what the stories would be like when mutants are the next state in human evolution, when this moment (in comics) is the watershed moment, is the point when the balance has shifted and everyone's readjusting?

Why not explore the everyone in his thirties, dealing with the real life wtf, of heroing, marriage, job, calling...

I know I'd pay attention to Fantastic Four if Sue divorced Reed and we got to see more stories about her, and her powers and how they evolve and her as a single mom. And don't tell me 'Kids today won't relate to a single mom' cause - have you met their parent??

Matt Murdock may not ever move out of Hell's Kitchen - but Hell's Kitchen would sure enough change, the inhabitants, the stores, the feel of it. Though I don't know too much about DD, he was never my thing.

But progress, story, new circumstances, new expectations, new problems - it's like...

Like Marvel needs fanfic writers. They need people who have no problem looking at the text and hunting for subtext or novel ways to portray the heart of the character. Because all they have right now is people willing to tell the same story over and over and over and over again.

Civil War - Redux Registration Act.

BND - Redux 40yr old virgin. With Superpowers.

OMG - What if Hulk, met like the new Captain America. AND THEY FOUGHT!

Maybe part of it is the fact that Marvel missed the Memo? (And DC only got have the message) You know the memo that says graphic novels are part of the sequential art movement, and it's carving a niche of its own due to comic book readers growing up and discovering they like the artform to tell a myriad of tales?

Hm, other publishing companies manage to sell books both for young adult and adult readers. Heck, sometimes it's the same book with the same storyline.

And do they think it's just kids that go see the movies?

Huh, do they think that real fans should never want to see the characters grow up, change, mature?

This is all very confusing. Very confusing.

*hugs her HellBoy and King Fu Hustle and The Incredibles and Batman Begins*

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Scences From A Bibliophile's Life

I had an opportunity to get Minx's PLAIN JANES for free yesterday. I was out with a friend, we were in a bookstore and she was all 'Look Willow, a comic book!'

I went 'Ooooh - oh. It's that'.

Then I put the book back down on the free table and turned to walked away.

When I glanced to see what my friend was doing, she was giving the book the evil eye and backing away slowly.

My raised brow inquiry got her to respond thusly.

"So bad you don't even want it free?"

I thought about that for a second and said. "It could be just me, but I'm not even picking it up to send to someone who might want it."

Her: "So bad you're not even going to encourage a demented collector?"

Me: "Damn right."

Her: "Wow. That's really bad."

Friday, January 4, 2008

Blogger Irks Me - Come I Tell You Why

I think I'm enjoying having blogger. But I'm not sure if I'm enjoying it because I'm enjoying have a really pretty banner and being the hell away from livejournal or if I'm enjoying it for itself. The latter begins to seem more and more unlikely.

I've just discovered that it's a hack to make an expandable post. There is no simple insert this little bit of code here.


I'm already dealing with not being able to have one user side client to post entries and edit them - when I try to edit the time gets all messed up when using segmagic.

And re-labelling / re-tagging all my posts is taking a while because I have to do them individually and re-check etc, and blah blah.


This is grump making, especially when it comes to hosting the PoC Carnival, which tends to be extremely long without cuts.

Suddenly it looks as if I may move again and host SA on Scribblit. Because this is more than my having to learn new skills, this is something that makes it extra effort for me to get my content out the way I'd prefer.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

This Just In! Joe Q's An Asshole

I haven't finished reading the article, , part 4 of 5 over at CBR, but Joe Q just compared MJ's ooc jumping to make a deal with the devil, to his mother and breast cancer.

Yes, he compared his mother hiding the fact that she had breast cancer, in order not to stop her husband from buying a family home (which undoubtedly helped keep the family together after her death) to MJ's choice.

Can someone clear up for me whether or not MJ knew she was pregnant? And she couldn't just be expecting to have a fairly good idea - cause morning sickness people?

Can someone clear up for me if Joe Q just said that MJ gave up her unborn child in order to keep her man, Peter Parker, happy and that it was as dramatic as a woman hiding breast cancer?

And they say comic book fans have no scope in reality.

In Other News:

Interviewer: I think, for me, outside of the final moments between MJ and Peter, the biggest emotional impact in the story had to be the moment we discovered the little girl in the story would have been MJ & Peter’s daughter, had they remained together. Any chance this will be touched upon again?

Joe Q: As of this moment, we don’t plan on ever going back to it again. The little girl was again a peek at what Spider-Man books would have been like if we allowed him to continue along the path of growing as if he were a real person. While it’s fun in theory and cool stuff to play with within books that are out of current continuity or in another universe, it’s counterintuitive to what we want our Spider-Man books to be.

And I thought DC had burned me in ways I couldn't begin to express.

Ok, I will admit it. I am The Big Two's abused wife. I keep looking and hoping for a change and just dealing with the fists to my metaphorical face. (Yeah, I say boobies and porn-face, refrigerators and recorded brutal beatings count as fists)

I admit this because I was told last year to look to the indies, and I bristled and I snarled and I spit and hissed. But I can no longer see my hoping as sane. (Sorry I was so pigheaded) Yes, I believe progress is slow and yes I believe blogging and talking and acting and asking questions lays the foundation for the next generation. But how old is Joe Q? Forty something, right? He's got a good twenty years left in comics, let's say. And then there's the men he's directly groomed who have another thirty years for some of them forty years...

Maybe I'm just depressed and thinking of the metapho,r of the abused wife saving up money so the kids can run away to a college out of state, is simply making me darker and more depressed.

Do note I'm not just thinking women in Superhero comics (semi specifically the big Two). I'm thinking lesbians, and people of color and religions other than some general Christianity.

Ok, I need to go read something good, cause damn it, I refuse it to be a white man's fan boy world and me just living in it.

Hi, my name's Delirium, I believe in hope.

(ETA for Mallet: White man fan boy is used as a generic villain phrase to denote someone clueless about their privilege and adamant about comics being a certain way vs having good stories that everyone can enjoy. Your villainy's unique, honey.)

Mephisto's Watching

I just caught two scans amongst the blogsphere going WTF Deal With the Devil?! And I find myelf wondering... Is the revived Harry Osborne really Mephisto in disguise?

Also that interaction between May and Peter - Did he just call his 70something Aunt cute? And kiss her over the shoulder? Is there going to be some weird incestuous thing where Peter keeps responding to May like she's MJ?

If Peter suddenly starts downloading porn with redheads and wanking furiously, maybe the whole storyline will make more sense? Maybe the marriage dissolution ret-con will really be about Peter's Soul.

All that'd be needed next is for May to be a closet painkiller addict (she is old and somewhat fragile).

Everybody fall into vice Dance Now!

ETA: This is gold. Comic Editors are nothing but politicians trying to play all sides down the middle. I still think Aunt May the drug fiend, and Peter Parker the Porno Poker are better ideas though.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Madonna, Whore, Bitch?

A short while ago, in what is now actually last year, Ragnell the Foul posted on her blog about a new 'Nice Guy' letter that was going around, found on Craigslist. (I have no idea why people put up letters like that on a place like Craigslist. I may just not be cool enough or in the scene enough to understand)

I just came across, via a link on my Twitterlist of  what I'm now thinking of as the female version of the Nice Guy Letter. I'm calling it the 'Bitch Blues'.

Gird your loins and go read the link. I'm not asking you to comment, I'm not suggesting you dogpile - and really there's no reason, it's an opinion. But I would like to talk about it, about the warped view of feminism, about how the writer claims to have moved past blaming other people for her problems - and yet she's now blaming women and feminism.

The reason I'm writing about it here is that the essay makes me wonder about women in comics; how they're defined, how they're perceived and why it is when female consumers start to talk our voices come across as so much Charlie Brown 'wah wah wah wah'.

Modern comics to me are modern mythology. The Ancient Greeks had Heracles, Athena,  Hebe and Odysseus. I had / have Batman, Black Canary, Dazzler and Storm.

But that essay, the concepts in that essay as if it's somehow an insider's look at the inner life of a real empowered woman (it's not), just makes me think about the storylines given to female heroines and the excuses given about it.

In the tv show Heroes, the character Claire who has Wolverine's powers, is stalked by a seeming 'Nice Guy' who wants everything to be about him, but it's not portrayed as stalking and abusive. You're supposed to cheer for Mr. Nice Teenage Stalker Guy. You're supposed to think it romantic. You're supposed to think he'll make everything better for Claire.

You know that pause when you read a story and you wonder what crack the writer was smoking and why on earth he (usually but not always) thought that the word's he'd written and the plot he'd created was the reality of the modern woman ?

That essay makes me think that that type of stuff is what they're reading. It's no longer two dimensional concepts for women - The Madonna or The Whore, there's now The Bitch, someone competent until it all starts to fall apart, someone who seems to want to strive to be the Madonna on the outside, while being the Whore now and again on the inside and all around is bitterly unhappy because there's no white picket fence, fluffy dress, adoring and taking care of her husband.

What. The. Hell ?

If you read all the way through to her deciding to let her sons 'be men' and stop nagging them about feelings and sensitivity - maybe you'll see what I'm talking about when I say I read this essay and think about the ideas being formed about women and how that's reflected in our modern myths of comics and...

Well, it's worrying.

I've seen far too many blogs talking about the call for equality somehow being the cry of entitlement. I had no idea where those opinions were coming from and how they could be formed. Now I have a better idea and it's sad.

Quote from comments on the page: The truth is feminists are nothing more than wh0res and goldiggers who use intellectualism and large-scale manipulation, as opposed to the much more honest(relatively speaking) approach of the typical, street wh0re. And feminists are not at all averse to secretly using the trade of sex for status/power/money either, as evidenced in this woman's story here. At least the street wh0re is honest and upfront about who/what she is to herself - which is much more than we can say for our typical feminist/modern woman

Look Ma', it's Frank Miller's Spawn. He's not alone.


PS: As a gay woman, don't even get me started at how the lesbian in her story is represented.