“men can’t be raped!”


“men always want sex!”


“men can always defend themselves!”


“men can’t control their urge to rape women!”


“men are inherently sexist!”


“men are-“











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Disney vs. 7 early fairytales 

The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up).  Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<

But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales.  Especially Bluebeard.  We need a Bluebeard adaptation.

Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself. 

The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away. 

"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this

We had to read The Book of Lost Things for school and it’s Grimm level crazy 

Not only that, you’re skipping out a really important thing: the brother’s grimm got those tales from WOMEN, women were the ones who would tell these tales orally and the brother’s grimm took them, altered them to be sexist and never gave the women credit. You can read Clever Maids the Secret History The Grimm Fairytales for more info

reblogging for the excellent commentary

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I’m insufferable

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Japanese child actress Mana Ashida (little Mako) was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.
My Neighbor Guillermo Del Toro.

If I don’t reblog this, assume I’m dead.



Japanese child actress Mana Ashida (little Mako) was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.

My Neighbor Guillermo Del Toro.

If I don’t reblog this, assume I’m dead.

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facebook really does have a tendency to make ppl show their true colours lmao
and no im not erasing the names they commented on a public page boohoo

How are they gettin so mad about this


what I don’t understand is why wanting to stop sexual assault is a bad thing —such a bad thing, apparently, that bros throw will indignant entitled tantrums about it, in a public forum, and attach their names to it as though it isn’t damning evidence of their callous disregard for others. like, how does someone make these kinds of comments and not step back and be like “wait, did I really just say that?” do they not notice or just not care how indefensible that shit is?

I mean, if you’re not for preventing rape, then what ARE you for?

of all the things to be angry about, you choose to be angry that a company pays lip service to sexual assault prevention? really? are your priorities really that fucked?

Annnd this is why we need feminism. How dare Dragon Age post a status that has nothing to do with their video game series (which has had some gender issues in it as a whole) at all! Since posting and urging others to help (versus remain neutral or perpetrate something undeniably ghastly) against a serious growing societal problem like sexual assault instead of say announcing new DLC or the next installment is so terrible…?

Ahem, “Feminist propaganda” as Facebook user Austyn D. Conroy so eloquently put it.  

By erroneously labeling it as such, you’ve become a hindrance. You’re probably one of the jerks that egregiously bashed Janelle Asselin’s criticism of the cover for Teen Titans #1 (done by artist Kenneth Rocafort and released by DC Comics) she wrote back in April of this year. *Sighs heavily*

Perhaps you’re why Feminist Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian had to leave her home due to death threats/rape threats recently because you didn’t like what she said in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games videos. Yet, you’re likely in the majority that loved Naughty Dog’s critically-acclaimed and award winning video game The Last of Us written by Neil Druckmann. Guess what, he said it himself that he was influenced by Sarkeesian’s series! 

See? Feminism isn’t “propaganda”. It ultimately lead to an amazing video game. This is a revolution that NEEDS to happen. Treating women like human beings. Not objects. Multifaceted individuals. It isn’t hard. Sadly, many are resistant toward this change. Reality check: video games aren’t just for men (They never have been). This distorted seemingly systemic mentality has been infecting the industry for too long. 

Whenever I purchase video games, I’m very selective. I have no desire to tell the industry I’m fine with females characters commonly being the victims of violence (normal, sexual, death), existing as only eye-candy, relying on harmful stereotypes, nor serving the purpose of plot devices for a male hero to rescue (or be a source of motivation: revenge for a fallen female loved one). But, what about Watch Dogs (2014)? No, I have zero interest in a game that doesn’t display/attempt to try to have gender equality in it. 

If you’re honestly furious about Dragon Age posting about joining a cause against sexual assault there’s something really messed up with you. 

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Lupita Nyong’O goes on Sesame Street to talk about skin and skin color with Elmo and IT IS THE CUTEST THING EVER


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I think I love this a little too much.



This really is cute tho lmao


I cannot begin to properly express how much I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this! :DDD

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*Adds writer jasonlatour to his Totally Following List after reading Edge of Spider-Verse #2, starring Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman.* <3 <3 <3 <3

I had to pretend to play guitar while stomping around after reading this (as if I could dance…). Frog In A Blender, go! Wow, I’m terrible. 

A major motif in the one-comic narrative by Latour is music. The issue opens with Gwen attending a rehearsal of the garage band The Mary Janes (lead vocals/guitar by MJ Watson with Stacy providing, the, DUN DUN DUN, drums). During drumming at this particular practice inside the Midtown High Gym, Gwen gets bit by a spider. The panels that follow leading to Stacy donning her rad sleek non-objectifying costume (courtesy of artist robbirodriguez!) excellently and emotionally involves Peter Parker within this fresh continuity: it feels so organic, painting another direction the intelligent Parker could of gone in his life (that also references a classic Spider-Man foe). How Latour is able to provide a new well-done spin on the iconic origin story is quite remarkable honestly. 

Keeping with the quintessential theme of music in the comic’s yarn, when Gwen is swinging about on patrol as Spider-Woman, she’s shown listening to tunes on her cellphone. Man, even the artistic style chosen by Robbi for Gwen’s Spider-Sense echoes a fusion of psychedelic (colors utilized, thanks to colorist Rico Renzi) spliced with a guitar being twanged or something like that. The bolder and louder lettering, done by VC’s Clayton Cowles, also reinforces how prominent music is to Gwen. I imagined drums sets being struck or dubstep playing and you get the idea, ha ha. Basically, each lettered sound effect always corresponded to something related to music, for me. And of course, the final act takes place at a night concert where The Mary Janes are on stage. At one point, I felt compelled to put on some headphones and keep reading the rest! 

Combined with some interesting dichotomy between Gwen and her father, I highly recommend you pick up this rock and roll fest of a comic. Latour and Rodriguez manage to capture the essence of Gwen Stacy (and why I’ve always thought Gerry Conway slaying her was one of the worst decisions Marvel ever made…Wait, no what was done to Carol Danvers in Avengers #200 was exceedingly WORSE, never mind) I’ve forever appreciated and recognized. 

One of my top graphic novels of all-time by Marvel is Spider-Man: Blue, written by Jeph Loeb with artwork by Tim Sale. In it Peter speaks about the resounding impact Gwen had on his life (with flashbacks). It is amazing, from beginning to end. 

Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of Mary Jane Watson. I thought her background coming from a broken family was fantastic, but, other than that she’s just stuck in the eye-candy/love interest role. Examining the immense popularity of Emma Stone’s film portrayal of the smart, brave, altruistic, and sassy Gwen Stacy compared to the constantly requiring rescue Kirsten Dunst’s version of Mary Jane Watson is something worth mentioning as well. 

With Edge of the Spider-Verse #2, face It Marvel, you just hit the jackpot! I soooooooo yearn for an ongoing series with Latour’s great take on Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman. DO IT! I hope the issue sold ridiculously well this week!



While the head honchos at the HRC are making 6 figure salaries from donations to support ‘marriage equality’, hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ youth are homeless and are purposely ignored by mainstream gay organizations. The ‘fight’ for same sex marriage has proven to be a profitable business for gay ‘non-profit’ businesses, so it’s no wonder why gay marriage overshadows all other LGBTQ issues. After all, helping the needy results in smaller pay.

Supporting gay marriage doesn’t mean you support the queer struggle. In fact, most ‘allies’ and even a large portion of more fortunate queers don’t know the facts about LGBTQ homelessness, violence against trans* people, high unemployment, discrimination, etc, nor do they bother to research it. They are just concerned about their favorite gay celebrities being able to tie the knot.

If you care about the queer struggle, take a minute of your day to familiarize yourself with some of the disturbing statistics:

  • 20 - 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. In comparison, the general youth population is only 3-10% LGBTQ.
  • LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12.
  • LGBTQ youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices. 58.7% of LGBTQ homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth
  • LGBTQ youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth
  • LGBTQ homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)
  • At least 20% of ALL transgender people will be homeless sometime in their life.
  • 29% of transgender people reported being turned away from a homeless shelter due to their transgender status.

Please consider taking action to help combat LGBTQ homelessness. I suggest making a donation to the Ali Forney Center or volunteering at your local LGBTQ homeless shelter.

P.S. Fuck the HRC!

This is really important and I’m seeing a lot about this recently because of this Rolling Stone article that just came out.

For anyone wondering about these statistics and how accurate they might be, know that they are unfortunately real. Here are some resources here for you to look at if you’re interested in learning more:

I work at a drop-in center in Cambridge, MA that serves homeless and at-risk youth ages 14-24. We see 600 people a year and 37% of them identify as LGBTQIA, which is almost 4X the amount of the general population. Here is a report to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth that includes stats and info about homeless youth in Boston if anyone wants more data.

Earlier this year, Boston did a point-in-time count of all the homeless youth sleeping outside during one week in January. Across the state, we returned 2000+ surveys (no link to an official report yet). There are currently only 12 youth-specific beds in the greater Boston area. What are the chances that with those small numbers, all official places for homeless youth to go will be LGBTQIA, especially trans, friendly?

If these are the numbers here, think about what it looks like the rest of the country and in cities that are larger than this. Think about the availability of queer-friendly resources in places that aren’t large, liberal cities.

Please get involved on a local level if possible.

Here are a few lists of LGBTQIA-friendly organizations on a local, state-by-state level. They aren’t comprehensive and the Lambda Legal one seems to be outdated, but they’re a place to start.

  1. State-by-state list of trans-friendly shelters and orgs.
  2. Alphabetical list of trans and non-binary friendly orgs across the United States.
  3. State-by-state list of resources for LGBTQIA youth.

Donate to local organizations, volunteer your time, or if those things are unrealistic for you - spread the word. It’s really helpful and really important.

(Reblogged from yellowis4happy)


202 pages of indie comics examining the many facets of feminism can be yours for 50% off along with any other book from Alternative Comics when you use the code INDIE at checkout all this weekend. 

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