YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.
In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it."
Bill O’Reilly’s criticism of migrant children escaping the drug war by coming to the United States: No real-life job skills.
Unlike American children, of course. Our world-class educational system is renowned for endowing us with real-life job skills. By the time we’re 4 years old we’ve already mastered Excel and the Adobe suite, and by 7 or 8 we’re creating workflow processes within native content management systems. At 10, you’re developing cloud-based mobile software solutions. When I was 12 years old I spoke ten programming languages and was managing a team of more than 300 toddlers across our marketing, R&D, IT, and accounting departments. By 13, each and every American child has the skills to compete in the global job market.
Unlike those lazy migrant children, who only know how to take care of themselves on their own and seek better opportunities in another country.
- That nudity is inherently sexual
- That people should be judged for their personal decisions
- That yelling solves problems
- That they are too young to be talking about the things they’re already starting to ask questions about
- That age correlates to importance
- That interacting with someone of the opposite sex is inherently romantic
- That the default for someone is straight and cisgender
Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.
Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family.
The whole problem with this kind of question is that to answer it, I have to accept a definition of feminism that I don’t agree with, that isn’t reality-based at all.
This is what the passive aggressive types and the anti-feminists always want, they want you to acknowledge the warped, nonsensical viewpoint they have, because it validates them, it coddles them. It’s nothing I choose to take part in, I just think it’s goofy.
There are legitimate things in the history of feminism that are shameful, but those things are not what these people are complaining about. They are complaining about a minority opinion so minute as to barely exist at all.
Men don’t like it when all men are judged by a minority of jerks, neither do women, neither do feminists.
What the vast majority of feminists want is fair treatment and equal opportunity, but that is such a universally understandable goal that huge numbers of creeps have spend untold resources trying to make it about every other possible permutation. Responding at all might be a little more than such attempts deserve, but every once in a while, you have to clean the damn catbox or the stink gets unbearable.
Edited to add: I am not saying the questioner is one of those people, I am saying that is how is often phrased.
Massachusetts has wasted no time passing new legislation to replace the women’s clinic “buffer zone” law that was struck down by the Supreme Court just weeks ago.
Massachusetts has reacted to the Supreme Court “Buffer Zone” decision with what New England Public Radio called “almost unprecedented speed”.
The Boston Globe reports that less than one month after the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring abortion protesters to stay 35 feet away from clinic patients, Massachusetts state legislators have fast-tracked a new clinic protection act.
FUCK YES, MASSACHUSETTS.
AU where Kitty Pryde goes back instead of Logan and saves the world
wait did I say au I meant actual canon
I still think they did a good job.
Of course they did a good job with the movie. It’s the best X-Men movie they’ve ever graced us with. Competing with Captain America 2 for best Marvel movie of the year. I can’t even decide.
But this isn’t about whether they did a good job or not. I know you saw High School Musical, this is about, stick to the status quo. We had the opportunity for the first female led Marvel movie
since Elektra lulzand they chose to diminish Kitty’s role in her own goddamn story. Days Of Future Past was the first time Kitty Pryde had a big starring role in X-Men comics. So. Did this movie work? Well fuck yeah. Obviously. Would I have liked to see them sticking to actual canon? Well fuck yeah. Obviously.
Okay I agree it would have been awesome to see Kitty as the lead, but you also have to look at the cinematic structure they created for the X-Men universe. If these last two films were reboots, and not within the same universe, then Kitty could have gone back because they could have rectified the timeline. But based on what they were given, she would have been negative 20 years old and thus her conscious self would be unable to transport that far back in time. They still had a very strong female presence, and while Kitty wasn’t the lead I feel they did put the lead role largely on Mystique and her character growth.
idea: change method of time travel to allow kitty to be the logical choice to go back into the past
correction: female presence in dofp was awful. mystique was the only female character with considerable screentime, 80% of the screentime was white male characters. the leads were charles, hank, logan, erik and mystique who were also the antagonists. quicksilver got more screentime than kitty, who was basically relegated to the hodgepodge of side characters (who were largely women and poc and had about 2 lines each… imagine that). kitty replacing logan as the lead would have only just barely balanced it out imho and without that consideration it was skewed waaaay towards the men
look. look. the very best thing you can say about dofp is that it didn’t have ZERO female characters. there is no argument you can make for it having a strong female presence (much like the new hobbit films). having one speaking woman in an ensemble of 5-10 is not a “strong female presence”.
And it’s not like they didn’t change the method anyway. Since when can Kitty send people back in time? It would have been just as easy to change it so people travelled physically.
Why not send Charles or Erik, then? It’s pretty common, in time travel, that meeting yourself is a bad fucking idea. Even if they’re trying to alter time, they could say that, specifically, is dangerous. It would have worked fine, because time travel isn’t real and they make the rules.
Logan wasn’t the protagonist because it was the only way the movie could have worked. Logan was the protagonist because he’s a straight white dude.
Nothing changes the fact that they took a story about oppression, persecution, and genocide which starred a Jewish girl and gave it to him instead.
Bill Sienkiewicz 1990: Friendly Dictators trading cards
Sienkiewicz’s work on Brought to Light clearly made him a prime candidate to illustrate the Friendly Dictators trading cards. Like Brought to Light, it was published by Eclipse Enterprises and sought to use pop culture media to call attention to the American government’s and/or business’s cozy relationships with brutal regimes. The “cancelled” stamp element (also used in Brought to Light) refers to autocrats who eventually fell out of favor.
Seeing all these cards side-by-side, you can get a sense of the kind of artistic diversity-within-consistency Sienkiewicz is capable of.
These cards are out of print, but if you want to read the about America’s relationship with each of these dictators (maybe like me, you’re thinking Hitler? Really?), a bunch of websites like this one have transcribed these cards and recounts the details of each relationship.