most of us are bitter over someone,
setting fire to our insides for fun
              to distract our hearts from ever missing them
but I’m forever missing him

(Source: thewintersoldiered)

arisupaints:

Arisu travels, Arisu sketches.

arisupaints:

Arisu travels, Arisu sketches.

I can’t even.
(Referencing this article about social media.)

I can’t even.

(Referencing this article about social media.)

Let’s talk about how some men talk to women in comics

gimpnelly:

Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old, same-old. 

An artist who works for DC named Brett Booth was very upset by this critique for reasons I can’t quite define. He didn’t draw the cover. But he was infuriated by what I’d written. A fan of his drew me into the conversation about the article by calling me a “self-professed journalist chick” which… yeah. Anyway, you can read some of the conversation via tweets here.

Here are some other tweets he posted about me without my twitter handle:

You can read my Twitter feed here. I’ve deleted nothing.  At no point did I launch personal attacks. I’m not wrong about that cover. I’d love to see what kind of biology equals the breasts Wonder Girl is sporting as a 17-18 year old (pretty sure that “biology” includes silicone when they look like that). I honestly don’t understand why Brett Booth has taken everything I’ve said so personally. But I do not appreciate that he then thought it was okay to, what, imply I’d never been to a comic store? On top of everything else.

But I do think it’s indicative of what it’s like to be a woman online. You see, Booth was SO not the worst of what I got. I got delightful comments like these:

Both of course implying that I’m not a real professional in this industry. Which is still by far not the worst of what I got. I was called a whiny bitch, a feminazi, a feminist bitch, a bitter cunt, and then the rape threats started rolling in.

You see, I’m also doing a survey about sexual harassment in comics. (If you’d like to take this survey, you can find it here.) And so as soon as the angry fanboys started looking me up after the CBR article, they discovered this survey and started answering my questions and using the open box at the end to write in all sorts of awfulness. I’ve gotten all manner of bullshit within the survey now, but at least the ones with the rape threats or other asshole comments tell me which responses to disregard.  If you really want to “get me” and prove that sexual harassment doesn’t exist in comics, I don’t know, maybe it’s better for you to answer honestly about how you haven’t been sexually harassed. Because certainly sending me rape threats proves my point, not yours.

Some of them decided to just tweet at me, like the handful who decided to tell me I was creating the impression that there was sexual harassment in comics when there just wasn’t. When the survey was posted on a blog, one of the comments included “If you have a entrenched ideology then it’s nigh impossible to be objective, and according to Ms. Asselin’s Twitter tag, she’s a self described feminist.”

Let’s talk about that for a second. Feminist is not a bad word. People who think feminism is a negative often run in two very different directions - either they misunderstand what it is or are outright misogynists. Feminism is defined by Dictionary.com as “the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.” If it’s an “entrenched ideology” to wish to be treated as an equal human along side men, then so be it. I must be a horrible person for assuming that I had the right to be treated as a person instead of only a brood mare suitable for objectification and cooking.

I’d also like to talk about the fact that so many people misunderstand the point of the survey. I’m not trying to find out *if* there is sexual harassment in comics. I figured that out a long, long time ago as I was repeatedly groped on convention floors and sexually harassed by freelancers and coworkers. It was reinforced by the fact that I literally know less than a handful of women who have NOT been sexually harassed in comics, and nearly a hundred who have. Sexual harassment is a problem in comics. That point is not up for debate. The point of the survey is to better understand the experiences people are having. If you haven’t been harassed - awesome! I want to know about that. If you have - I’m really sorry, but I also want to know about that. 

There are too many people, including professionals, who think it’s okay to condescend, harass, berate, etc. women in comics simply because they’ve espoused a belief that revolves around women being treated more as equals. I want women and girls to be seen as an equally promising demographic for comics as males; I want major companies with an easy opportunity to reach out to women to not feature art that is disgusting and objectifying; I want women to be hired as much as men to create comics; I want to not know so many people who have been violated in an industry I still love despite it all. 

At first I wasn’t going to talk about the rape threats because honestly, most of the women I know with a solid online presence get them regularly. This is just a thing we are forced to deal with. And I didn’t want to make it seem like it was a bigger deal than what’s happened to them for years.  But I realized once I posted about the rape threats in passing that men I know and respect were stunned to find out this was happening. Let’s be real: if these men who are actually decent human beings don’t know how often this stuff happens, what hope is there for the men who are harassing me online? 

And that’s the thing I feel like a lot of these internet assholes miss. I’m not saying men are the worst thing ever or even that men in comics are the worst thing ever. I’m so lucky to have a lot of amazing people in my life, male, female, and non-binary, who constantly support me. There are men in comics who understand how not to be a condescending asshole. But right now, the problem is that too many other men think that they are in a crowd of like-minded men who are super sick of this feminazi bullshit. The truth is that you are on the losing side. Women in comics aren’t going away. Even if you continue to talk to us like this. Your threats and insults do nothing more than make me want to stick around and shout even louder. So thank you for that.

(via cygnaut)

smallwind:

2014 4/13 James McAvoy attends the Laurence Olivier Awards

twentyghosts:

terrakion:

policymic:

Dreamworks is doing something even Pixar hasn’t tried: A black female heroine

DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.
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So excited for this movie!! I super hope it does justice to the book!

I SO hope this lives up to my eternal love for the book! If you haven’t read it yet, you are absolutely missing out! The book is called The True Meaning of Smekday and it’s by Adam Rex and you should absolutely drive right up to your local independent bookstore or library (or Amazon or whatev) and pick up a copy IT IS THAT AMAZING YOU WILL LOVE IT.

twentyghosts:

terrakion:

policymic:

Dreamworks is doing something even Pixar hasn’t tried: A black female heroine

DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.

Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.

Read more | Follow policymic

SHES VOICED BY RIHANNA

So excited for this movie!! I super hope it does justice to the book!

I SO hope this lives up to my eternal love for the book! If you haven’t read it yet, you are absolutely missing out! The book is called The True Meaning of Smekday and it’s by Adam Rex and you should absolutely drive right up to your local independent bookstore or library (or Amazon or whatev) and pick up a copy IT IS THAT AMAZING YOU WILL LOVE IT.

I wasn’t going to say anything about this at all, but I’ve been on the verge of an anxiety attack all day for other reasons (or possibly I’ve been having a low-level one since around noon, hard to tell) and this is like, one fucking thing that maybe I can excise by talking about it. So I’m just going to…say a thing and hopefully feel at least marginally better at the end.

I’ve been sick and sad and angry and disgusted about this all day for a lot of different reasons. Selfishly, I feel betrayed. I feel like I’ve spent the last year and a half or so defending Singer to people with petty complaints against him, saying how important it was to have a queer, Jewish voice in the franchise, holding up his past works as proof that he could do this well. He’s from Jersey! His family lives like, two towns over from mine. And…just fuck you, dude. Fuck you. Fuck you, you scumbag, you shithead.

It’s hard to not feel guilty. Because I’m still excited for DoFP. I still want the story. I still want to see McAvoy and the Sirs and Jennifer and Nick. And I know he’s only a small part of it, that there are hundreds of other people whose work is tied up in this and that I shouldn’t feel guilty, but I can’t help it.

But the franchise is bigger than this one douchebag rapist and I have to try and hold onto that. This is something that’s been a part of my life for a lot of years and has been incredibly important and meaningful to me especially since summer 2011.

I don’t really have anything else to add to this conversation aside from my dismay, my guilt, and my anger. It’s a particularly bad week to be Kaitlyn as it is, so I’m not sure how much I want to wade into it, period.

The one thing I do have to add is this: in the days and weeks to come, as more things come to light and the movie gets closer, let’s at least promise to try to remember who the real enemy is. People will and won’t go see the film for their own reasons, they will and won’t stay in fandom for their own reasons, and no one can make that decision for anyone else. Like my dad likes to say, be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. You can’t know anyone else’s past, you can’t know anyone else’s reasoning, you can’t know anyone else’s thoughts and decision making process. Don’t shame other fans for choosing to leave. Don’t shame other fans for choosing to stay. You can only make the decision for yourself.

mishasminions:

SIR PATRICK STEWART & SIR IAN MCKELLEN: How to Be a Sir

(via such-heights)

wank-r:

"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines,lived twelve little girls in two straight lines …”

wank-r:

"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines,
lived twelve little girls in two straight lines …”

(Source: apriki, via chellekie)

I posted this on Twitter and I think everyone thought it was a joke. Friends, there is literally a robot zoo at the Cambridge Library on Saturday. Does anyone want to go with me?

Don’t look at me. I do what he does, just slower.

(Source: rocketrccn, via pearlo)

memeguy-com:

Spring Never forget

memeguy-com:

Spring Never forget

(via girlwithatardis)

List of petty revenge schemes to enact during therapy, by Will Graham

theletteraesc:

houndedingotham:

  1. Figure out which cologne Hannibal hates most. Bathe in it before all appointments.
  2. Put greasy lotion on hands and smear on leather chairs.
  3. Randomly rearrange books when Hannibal’s not looking.
  4. Step in dog shit. Surreptitiously wipe on conveniently located desk chair.
  5. "Accidentally" knock his pretentious and symbolic stack of drawings to the floor. "Accidentally" step on them while picking them up.
  6. Make the pens on his desk crooked.
  7. Show up exactly one minute late to three appointments in a row, then show up four minutes late.
  8. Interrupt him whenever he starts to give a speech about God or death or whatever, then continue to interrupt him with apologies when he tries to continue.
  9. Dog hair. Dog hair everywhere.
  10. Just shoot the son of a bitch. (Too subtle. Can’t let him die without having a long conversation about the nature of morality and the subjective nature of the sanctity of life.)

Eat McDonald’s in front of him while listening to Top 40.