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A puzzle for your morning.
|—||Veteran writer Marjorie Liu on sexual harassment/misogny in the comics industry—and the collective amnesia that hits much of the industry every time the topic ever gets broached. (via robot6)|
Photographer: Izzy Berdan
Model: Aaron Foster
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Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it’s just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.
The Library of Congress has an extraordinary set of images documenting the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota, showing it in various states of construction and completion.
Taken for the U.S. government by photographer Benjamin Halpern, the particular images seen here show the central pyramid—pyramid, obelisk, monument, megastructure: whatever you want to call it—that served as the site’s missile control building. Like the eye of Sauron crossed with Giza, it looks in all directions, its all-seeing white circles staring endlessly at invisible airborne objects across the horizon.
This, along with the Pentagon,* reinforces my belief that the government is run by magicians who routinely summon demons and force them to do their bidding.
*We needed a five-sided building? Why? What’ve they got trapped in the central courtyard? It’s not a Starbuck’s, I’ll tell you that much. Which certainly puts 9/11 in perspective - yeah, they might’ve brought down the two towers, but more importantly, they almost breached the fifth and final wall of the Pentagon and released an unholy hell-beast onto the physical plane. If that’d happened we’d all still be in the process of being flayed, nailed to each other, and impaled on 100-meter spikes set along the coasts of every continent.
We need to talk about Jessica Rabbit. Why? Because Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an amazing movie and because Jessica is the most underrated character in the world and it’s tragically ironic, especially when you consider what her character is supposed to represent.
It’s no secret that Jessica is sexy. Her bust-waist-leg proportions are worse than Barbie’s! But that’s the point. Jessica was supposed to be proof that some animators completely exaggerated certain body parts when drawing cartoon women.
But as the movie goes on, Jessica actually shows the struggle that she has to face. “You don’t know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do.” I mean, Jessica has to stow weapons in her bra due to the amount of times that guys have tried to fondle her. She was forced to dance, sing, and play patty-cake with Acme. People always reblog her quote, “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” But very few people seem to know what that means. Jessica was drawn, most likely by a sexist man, to be sexy and act naughty.
But here’s the best part: Jessica doesn’t want any of that. She just wants to be with her husband, Roger. Roger. Out of every Toon in Toontown, Jessica falls in love with Roger. Why? Because he makes her laugh. Because whereas everyone else saw her as being a sex symbol, he saw her for her personality. He unconditionally loved her and she unconditionally loved him. And she was ready to do anything for him. She danced, she sang, she played patty-cake, all because they threatened to kill him. Long story short, she’s an amazing character because she has a great personality, undying love for her husband, and the ability to fight when the time comes. (She used a fryign pan to bash a Toon’s head in long before Rapunzel!) She is, in short, amazing.
And do you know what the ironic part is? Go into the Jessica Rabbit tag. 3/4 of the tag is explicit drawings and photoshops. Most people don’t respect her character and instead see her as simply a sex symbol … which is completely ironic because her entire plotline was about how nobody respected her and saw her as a sex symbol! Even though she was so much more than that! Do you see where I’m going with this? (Hello Nurse has the same problem but that’s a post for another day.)
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Wow, that is so freaking awesome! I will be drooling over everything on the website.
Awesome to hear!
Map of the World by Natural Skin Color
i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening
actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d.
THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.
Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.
Reblogging for the last comment.
second to last comment was dope, and very true.
but for real, is the reason behind skin color really not common knowledge? I mean….
there seems to be some assumption going on that darker skin is the adaptation.
in fact, darker skin is the ‘original flavor’. but evolution likes to get rid of traits that aren’t needed, especially if they cost energy, and maintaining a melanin shield is expensive. we also need sunlight to synthesize vitamin D, and melanin blocks that. so in latitudes that get less sunlight, folks evolved to produce less melanin.
vitamin D deficiency is actually a problem for dark-skinned people living in areas with long, dark winters, btw. take your vitamins!
light-colored eyes are also an adaptation to less sunlight. if real life was like science fiction, blue-eyed people could see in the dark. but reality’s not that cool.
A little solitaire in the green room. Autocorrect suggests that I am actually playing Alistair or Voltaire.
LONG LIVE THE WINDROW-RAVENSWOOD!
Now that my comics are being posted in several different forums, they have come to the attention of Those That Say Negative Things. As a victim of bullying in his youth and a man living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I can probably say that I feel the negativity presented by others a little more than the average person.
When I was bullied in Junior High and High School, the only words of advice given to me at the time were “ignore it.” Yes, people tend to think that if you ignore it, it will go away, but it doesn’t. It’s like a chronic pain in your shoulder. Your body is telling you that something is wrong and that you should go to a doctor. If you ignore it, it may go away for a little while, but it can end up becoming even worse back pain or causing you to lose feeling in your entire arm. If I ignored the bullying the first time it happened, it would have gone away from -me-. The next thing I would have seen is some other nerdy kid being shoved into a locker. Ignore it and it will go away, but it won’t stop.
It is time to stop it. I will not back down. I will no longer say nothing.
Here is my first action, a response to Those That Say Negative Things:
@[user name removed]- I apologize for taking so long to get back to your comment (and your comments on my previous entry) in My Journal here on [website removed]. I was going to follow the advice of “Don’t Feed the Trolls,” but decided that I should say something before you could continue on what I believe is your current path of anonymously posting hateful comments and not realizing that you are targeting -real- people. These people have real thoughts and feelings, just like you.
I love comics and sequential art. I make them because it is what I was meant to do. Like most artists (even though most won’t admit it), I also love hearing what people think about my work, especially if it is constructive criticism. What you’re doing (calling my comic a “trainwreck”, saying that it’s “so bad”) is not constructive, it is destructive. It is also considered a behavior used by bullies and it is not cool. I doubt you would seriously say those things to me in person.
To put it in context, what you just did was walk by my table at a busy comic convention, spit on my portfolio, and then stare me in the eye.
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t surprised by your comments at all. I hear that stuff ALL the time, but 99.9% of it is coming from my own brain. I am the biggest critic of my own work, hands down. Nothing you can say about my writing or drawing will even come close to what I’ve said about it to myself.
Now, if you are smart, you will not see this as a challenge for you to prove me wrong. This is not an invitation to post the most vile and hurtful things you can think to type. No, this is a challenge for you to cease your destructive and hateful comments, to stop bullying people, and to become a better person. It is a challenge to join with the rest of the human race who are capable of kindness and empathy.
Come and help us continue build a place where we are all comfortable to live in our own skin and where we can share our art without the fear of violent, uncompromising rejection from our peers.
Can you do that?
If you need any more convincing, please watch the following video: Why Internet Jerks Aren’t Going To Win, And You Can Help
Rule one: NEVER let the trolls win.
Rule two: Not feeding trolls only makes them more eager to find sustenance, which means they’ll continue trolling.
Rule three: Trolls regenerate from normal damage. THIS IS WHY WE USE FIRE AND ACID. Always remember to burn your trolls well before serving- just to make sure they’ve been sterilized enough to be palatable.
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of whining about how terribly dangerous topping is, how a malicious bottom could pretend everything was fine, then change their mind after the scene is over and run around telling everyone what an awful nasty person you are.
So, you mean tops need to vet their bottoms and get to know them well enough to trust them?!?!?!111! That’s nothing like how bottoms need to…
As a top, it scares the shit out of me that there are tops out there who worry more about their bottom “tricking” them than about them being the ones to hurt or traumatize someone with careless behavior.
I will always take precautionary measures to avoid hurting or upsetting someone I’m in a scene with. I will always take precautionary measures to make sure I have continued consent. I will always take precautionary measures to make sure my bottom feels that they can trust me — my assertions that they can are meaningless, I have to give them reasons to trust me.
It makes me really, really sad to know that other people are unwilling to take that responsibility on themselves, and instead place the burden on bottoms to not only be vigilant for creepy behavior from their tops, to be on guard against getting hurt, but to also be responsible for reassuring their tops that their intentions are good.
Trust is scary. It involves risk.
Yes, tops, it sucks to be uncertain about partners. It sucks to want easily-available, casual play, and be afraid to engage in it for fear of getting hurt, or accused of wrongdoing when you had nothing but good intentions and were doing your best. It sucks to have a smorgasbord of options before you, and be afraid of taking any of them, because they represent too many unknowns that might harm you in some way.
How do you think your bottoms feel?
One of the things you take responsibility for as a top, one of the things you never completely pass off to your play partner, is their safety. It is your job to maintain it, to be vigilant, to constantly monitor both them and yourself. That’s a big job, it is. People often completely misapprehend the headspace a top can be in — it’s not a place of total assurance and certainty and utter control, especially for tops without a whole lot of IRL experience. So yeah, it’s scary to suddenly have this responsibility for a whole other person’s body and mind. That’s what this kink is all about — power. Who has it. And Uncle Ben was right. With great power comes great responsibility.
So I get that having to watch your own psychological state in addition to your bottom’s psychological state is hard. But your bottom is going to be in all kinds of positions — both physical and psychological — where they may not be able to respond in their own best interests. The nature of what they do for you makes them vulnerable! Maybe they are physically unable to speak or gesture. Maybe they are so triggered they just cut out, like a power outage, and they can’t respond; maybe they’re suddenly afraid to say no, even though they know they should. Maybe they are so far in subspace they are not capable of muddling out long enough to object.
Maybe they are simply so fucking turned on they agree to or ask for something that they previously considered out-of-bounds in the heat of the moment, and they feel upset, confused, hurt, and scared afterward because they crossed a line they didn’t mean to, and you agreed to it despite coming to a different arrangement earlier — they needed you to enforce the boundaries they set up before the scene started, and you didn’t. THERE’S a big one I almost never see anyone talk about. How much of this “tricky sub” business is related to that, do you think? (God help you if you’re the one who pushed them to re-negotiate in the middle of a scene — that is not something that you should do, people, and I really want to see that mentioned more often! It’s so easy to hurt people this way! Tops can get pushed too far this way, too!)
As the top it is your responsibility to watch for those moments, and if there is even the slightest doubt, it is your responsibility to check in with your partner, or bring the scene to an end, care for them, and talk it out when they are able to articulate themselves again.
All that is the only defense you have against false accusations, and you should be doing it anyway.
Seeing Jeff Goldblum on the Craig Ferguson show a few days ago reminded me that 2014 is the (holy crap) 30th anniversary of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, aka The Greatest Movie of All Time.
And while I know it’s irrational, since nearly everyone is still available I’m still holding out hope for Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League. You can’t stop me.
(My most profuse apologies if I have left your favorite cast member out of this montage. Everyone in the movie deserves recognition, I just got tired of Googling and Photoshopping.)
HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THAT RAWHIDE WAS THE SHERIFF IN SLEEPY HOLLOW
(I should watch it again soon and see how much I still have memorized.)
this is something that I would be okay with them using younger actors to fill the roles for if they did Buckaroo vs the World Crime League. JUST TO HAVE THE MOVIE OUT. and… you know… maybe more after….
No, it is not yet friday…
HOWEVER, TOMORROW IS FRIDAY.
Just think about it- masks, accessories, pouches and utility belts, FULL-ON LEATHER ARMOR, art prints, our infamous card deck, and TONS MORE STUFF. And it’s all in easy reach.
Not going to the con? No worries- just hit us up on the website.Otherwise, hope to see you there!