Links of Great Interest: THIS CITY IS AT WAR

Fox Nation cannot take a joke.

US government defends deportation of 4 yr old citizen, reigniting debate over anchor babies

Some thoughts on Libya.

Help some students put together a trans* zine for their women’s college. I will say that as the proud graduate of a women’s college that I think it’s possible for a women’s college to be a safe space for transgendered students without diluting its mission of educating and empowering students who are marginalized in traditional classrooms/campuses because of their gender identity (or the fluidity there of). I know a lot of alums express concern over that — particularly because sometimes the campus resources that would otherwise go to “women’s” issues like sexual assault prevention, etc., seem to go to “protecting” this new identity. This is a trick — it’s part of the competitive rhetoric people in positions of authority use to keep marginalized groups divided and not talking to each other or working towards solidarity. We aren’t in competition for bites of a slice of pie — we’re trying to make sure EVERYONE gets pie and to demand more if the pie we have been provided with is not enough.

Speaking of collegiates: this Native student group could use a little moral support.

The Hunger Games has some early casting and fandom fail.

Getting an abortion is SECRETLY a tax issue. Also: grammatical. Also: take a nap, pregnant chicks, or you can get arrested. Regardless of your arrest history, you still will realize less professional success and make less money once you spawn. You’ll also probably be more stressed. Great!

Sarah Monohan comes forward about child sexual abuse and the film industry.

From ChronoCatfish: The most damning promo of all time.

From Casey: The 100 “best” female characters of all time.

Reflections of a frustrated woman gamer

OMG THE NEW WONDER WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Animorphs WTFery — why re-do the covers anyways??

Jesus, it’s been a race-bendy week.

An ebay auction goes horribly right! <3

David and Goliath, Hot Topic, and one particular Etsy seller all steal the shit out of other people’s designs.

Knut the polar bear died.

Comments

  1. says

    I’m really excited that Racebending is becoming a great resource for issues of race in film. It was right on the money about the Last Airbender travesty, & the fact that it didn’t stop there speaks well of it.

    • says

      I’m also pleased to see links to the racebending website / LJ community in the various websites I visit. It’s good to see that they are being heard, and the word is spread.

  2. Gabriella says

    Hmmm… the ‘100 best female characters’ comes across as something of an antithesis to Hathor’s old logo of ‘the search for good woman characters’.

  3. The Other Anne says

    Racebending.com is awesome and so depressingly necessary.

    I am so disappointed in Scholastic. Animorphs was a childhood must–though I never finished the series, I know what happens even though I was in college by the time it was over, and read for about a decade. The whitification of Marco is so…unnecessary and stupid. I don’t even get it. And the new covers are so…meh.

    FOr AKIRA, the film which was one of my original introductions into anime and a favorite since I was around 13, I am honestly pissed about the casting, for race as well as age issues. If they keep the names Kaneda and Tetsuo, that’s just stupid. If they change them and accomodate white actors, that’s even more stupid. If they’re going to redo this for a New York experience both, IMO, should be black and have different names. BUT, I don’t really get the americanization of all adaptations. Is it really so bad to have a live action AKIRA still set in Tokyo, starring Japanese actors? If you MUST americanize it, can we just stop with the whitewashing? And the pretending that really old people are teenagers? Unless they’re upping the ages from 15/16 to the twenties, which just…I don’t know. There’s just way too much sense this isn’t making. I don’t even.

    The political climate in the USA is starting to depress me more than enrage me, because I think I’ve started to not be surprised. I feel like I should be stockpiling food and move to Alaskan wilderness just to get away. But then I remember that it snows there and I am sick of snow.

    • The Other Anne says

      Scratch that, I was only in college when I READ about the last ones. I was only a freshman in highschool when the last one came out, apparently.

      AAAAND I’ve now read they’re also updating for content? WFT? I’m so pissed I can’t even spell an acronym correctly.

      But I’m abgry at a lot of things at the moment. Blah.

      • Maria says

        Updating the content bugs me a little less — Sweet Valley High is in the midst of a reboot. What’s weird about it isn’t the blogging or the fashion updates, but the additions to the twins’ bodies (I think they’re not a perfect size two instead of a perfect size 6?) that are strange.

    • says

      The age thing I can kind of understand, I think: actual teenagers have more pain-in-the-ass regulations to work around regarding school etc, so I don’t blame studios for trying to cast young-looking adults or upping the age when they can. Just, y’know, *young-looking*. (Having Grease flashbacks now.)

      There’s no excuse for the race, though. Or for moving it to New York. Why the fuck does everything have to happen in America? We can grasp the idea of there being other countries out there. Really. Seriously. (Problematic in many ways as the new Karate Kid was, at least it actually took place in a non-American city.)

      • The Other Anne says

        But Joaquin Phoenix? Justin Timberlake? The only teens that have restrictions are under 18. If the prospective cast was between 18 and 23 instead of like 24 and 40, sure, but…none of those actors is particularly young looking to me. They all seem way older than me. And, well, the age thing is much less troubling than the white thing. It’s just another gripe that makes me not trust the movie-makers to understand what made Akira awesome–delinquent teens rampaging around Tokyo on bikes with lights that left trails. I just wouldn’t be interested in watching Justin Timberlake or Robert Pattinson…because, well, they’re JT or RP, not Tetsuo or Kaneda. It’s kind of like they’re too much of themselves for me to believe it. And, really, that’s a tiny gripe to the thought of having to sit through a remake of one of my favorite childhood (warped, I know–I was lucky in that my parents assumed cartoon=kids and didn’t really look at ratings XD) movies and see white US stars dropping trou and emptying their bowels all over the characters and animation I adored.

        And Grease…is an awful example to me. I hate that movie. XD

        Eh…besides the race issue I don’t think it’s worth arguing over, and I know I won’t be going to see it. This and Hunger Games…I’ll be skipping.

        • Elee says

          But don’t JT and RPattz just scream Kaneda and Tetsuo to you? /sarcasm. Seriously, when I first read about the casting decisions it made me so angry. I get the age issue, when a filmmaker tries to smooth the process of a production by casting actors over 18, but neither one of these actors is particularly young looking. And I am so fed up with casting of the names instead of casting the best suited actors (regardless of race, but as we do not live in an ideal world, I prefer to insist on race-true casting), because it destroys the movie for me from the get-go (as opposed during the viewing, hur-hur). So much love for racebending-site, so happy to get the updates on fb (I have them added).
          And re: everything must happen in America – I think, I am by now more familiar with US-american geography than with geography of my own country. How pathetic is that?

  4. says

    Ugh, that stuff about the little girl being deported made me want to puke. I *hate* the attitude toward immigration in the media and politics at the moment – in the debates before last year’s election here in the UK, I can remember literally crying with rage at the things said about immigration by even the so-called leftists. The sense of entitlement in Britain and the US, and the total dehumanization of people from other countries, is just horrendous.

    Mind you, is the prevalence of racism and xenophobia really that surprising when the hugely profitable, hugely influential entertainment industry is just outright stating that it thinks white people are worth more than non-white people? I wrote about the whitewashing of The Hunger Games on my blog too, threatening to just stop seeing Hollywood movies if they don’t quit perpetuating the marginalization of everyone who isn’t a straight white cis male. It’d be hard for me, but maybe that’s what we all need to do – vote with our wallets…

    • The Other Anne says

      I just don’t get it, either.

      All of my ancestors immigrated here. My great grandmother through Elis Island, and others long before that. I don’t get how people tout the “Founding Fathers” and love the States and everything but conveniently forget how much of this country is based upon illegal, awful, shoddy, and barely defensible immigration. And, well, the way I see it no illegal immigrant to the USA right now is spreading small pox and committing genocide, so they’re automatically better than my own ancestors. And it’s hard for me to even consider demonizing them or their children (!) for having the AUDACITY to want a better life for themselves. Especially when 3.2 billino dollars worth of tax benefits were dished out to GE last year. >:(

      • says

        Almost everyone is an immigrant. Humankind started out in East Africa, so if you’re anywhere else on the planet you and your ancestors are immigrants. Of course, I grew up in East Africa, so it makes perfect sense to me to view it as the centerpoint of human evolution :)

        • The Other Anne says

          Most definitely! Even my Irish/German/French/English/Dutch/etc origins aren’t the root of my origin. And Beyond even Africa we can go back to common ancestors with every living thing on the planet, pretty much. Well, not quite, but all the macrofauna, to an extent.

          I read somewhere recently that they’ve found evidence to support a more southerly African origin. Have you heard anything of the sort?

          It pleases me somewhat to think of ALL human beings as African, and to think that all those racist bigots are african if you look far enough back. At the same time, and as at home as I felt visiting Namibia and Zambian, it’s very…arrogant of me to think of myself as African, wouldn’t it be? As a silly middle class white girl from the USA. It’s a great rallying factor to humanity that’s vastly overlooked, though. I definitely also look at Africa as central to the human existence/development on the planet. I need to learn more about the continent–right now I’m working my way through “Dead Aid” by a woman from Zambia whose named Dambisa Moyo, an economist. It’s…saddening.

      • says

        Not to excuse anybody, but because you got me thinking:

        –Immigration is a huge, huge issue. It’s easy to look at the elephant’s tail, thinking you’ve got a rope and that’s the whole thing, when there’s much more to consider.
        –Therefore it doesn’t fit into soundbytes or conversations around the water cooler.
        –The media, govt., etc. sure aren’t trying to help. Politicians in particular like to divide it all up into tiny problems to which they have The Solution.
        –All most people really grasp of it is, “Well, do we let just anyone immigrate anywhere, or do we have some restrictions, and if so, which restrictions?” That’s enough of a problem right there. Unfortunately, it’s not all one needs to consider. It’s not even just a matter of policies.

        I was just thinking today how the issue of imperialism ties in: we keep certain countries poor so they’ll provide cheap labor or products (like diamonds) to imperialist nations. If we let those folks all immigrate here, who will we sacrifice to keep our Wal-Mart McMansion lifestyle intact? And if we really don’t want them here, we should probably consider, you know, backing off on the imperialism thing so their countries can maybe go back to being nice places to live? Just a thought!

        • says

          Good points. I guess my ex-pat childhood gave me the sense that I could live *there* for a few years, and then I could live *there* for a few years, and then I could live *there* for a few years! — Which of course was and is possible only because I have a UK passport and an ocean of socioeconomic privilege. It’s just such a flagrant injustice that, because I was born into those things, I can go pretty much anywhere I want, whereas people who don’t have them are so often prevented from even having a shot at getting them.

        • The Other Anne says

          VERY good points. And I am definitely like Rainicorn, but with the USA passport.Traveling between countries and back to the states with my handy dandy USA passport on my trip to Namibia and Zambia made it really apparent to me.

          • The Other Anne says

            Forgot to add: supposedly it’s hard to get jobs in Namibia if you’re not from Namibia because they have an unemployment rate above 50%, but I honestly doubt that, at least if you’re doing anything at all related to tourism–every guide, pilot, paragliding instructor, etc. etc. were all foreign, most German or Austrian with a few people we met from the UK.

            • The Other Anne says

              (Sorry for all the posts I keep forgetting things)

              Edit: Foreign and WHITE. All of them were white. Only the artists selling along the beach and people cleaning and running the hostels were black locals.

              It also made me ashamed to speak only one language fluently with barely passable usage of French and Japanese, which I’ve never used outside a classroom (except when the boys we met from the township in Swakop poked fun of us because they all spoke four or more languages, one fluent in 9). So even more than just the passport, it’s so easy for native speakers of English in many, many countries.

              • Dani says

                A passable grasp of Japanese being my only claim to knowing a language other than English enough to carry a (small) conversation, I feel the same way. It reminds me of when I went for my ESL certification. My professor told us a lot of stories about some of the crazy stuff he had to deal with when it came to dealing with mainstream teachers, and, several times, he related how, sometimes, those teachers looked down at ESL students like they were less intelligent, when, in reality, many of these students were on their 3rd (or more) language!
                I think one of the things that compounds the immigration issue even more is that a lot of people are not educated on the issue, and end up getting their information from soundbites made by politicians who are only trying to pander to a specific set of voters. I realized this even more as I was reading the comments in that article (bad idea). >.<

  5. M.C. says

    Ok, somebody please explain this to me: Hollywood thinks that white men will only watch films about white men AND Hollywood thinks that women don’t watch any films. So where’s the logic in whitewashing female characters? Men only care about the white male characters anyway and women don’t care about any characters since they aren’t watching the film…
    Goddamnit can’t they at least pretend to have some logic in their sexism/racism/homo-&transphobia?!

    And why is Russell T Davies, a white gay British guy, the only producer I ever heard speaking about how he tries to include many female characters of different races (Martha Jones, Rani Chandra, Toshiko Sato) in his work?

  6. Casey says

    DEAR GOD THEY’RE REALLY GOING THROUGH WITH THE AMERICANIZED AKIRA!?!? I thought that shit died in pre-production! UGGGGGHHHH. I’m glad Roger Ebert pointed out how FUCKING STUPID this white-washing will be and whatnot. I keep forgetting the Japanese student protests/riots of the ’60s helped play a big part in formulating the world of Akira, but now it’ll be niggling in the back of my mind if this thing really gets made.
    Also, The Other Anne? I first saw Akira (AND HAD MY MIND BLOWN) at the tender age of 10, so don’t feel too weird about that! XD (then again, I watched The Maxx when I was like…four or five and loved it. I didn’t realize how much rape and feminism played a part in that show until I re-watched it on MTV’s website. I also watched Evangelion and a bunch of ultra-violent/perv-tastic anime that I rented from Blockbuster’s when I was 7~9. OTL)

    I’m of two minds on the new Wonder Woman costume…on the one hand, it looks too cheap/fetishy/like a glorified Halloween costume (and just seems to emphasize DEM TITTAYS) and I wish the boots were red[/minute gripe] but on the OTHER HAND, I like how they just streamlined her “iconic” look by giving her pants as opposed to going all out and having her wear that bootleg ’90s!Rogue costume WW has in the comics nowadays.[/I'm not a fan of that look]
    But she’d probably look best in armor.

    • Shaun says

      I’ll admit it looks a little vinyly, but… PANTS. The previous costume showed off her boobs at least as much, so at least she’s getting more covered. Armor would make the most sense for her (since, unlike Superman, I understand she’s actually supposed to be a warrior).

      • Casey says

        Yeah, but this costume looks like it has a more…uh….hmmm…”deliberate” bustier design? IDK, but it bugs me.

        • Shaun says

          In comparison to the Lynda Carter one, I don’t see it, but it still *has* a deliberately busty design. Hi, I’m Wonder Woman, please direct all attacks to my exposed chest! That’s where the organs are!

        • sbg says

          Deliberate and not at all practical. How can a woman battle evil if she’s constantly having to shove her breasts back into place? Or maybe she tapes them in and OUCH, think of the chafing and adhesive burn.

          Also, Adrianne Palicki is like a billion feet tall. Heels not needed. Actually, heels wouldn’t be needed even if she were 5′ nothing.

          • Shaun says

            The Invisibles’ issues with sex aside, one of the issues has a character get the crap kicked out of her because she was wearing heels (in her defense, she was not expecting to be thrown into combat). It’s the only comic book acknowledgement I’ve ever seen that heels are a stupid thing to wear into a fight.

      • Robin says

        For a small-but-significant difference, I like this: http://blog.hawkstudios.net/post/3955495143/colortweak

        It’s much less shiny, pinup-esque, and a little closer to the original Lynda Carter. Still not perfect, or particularly practical for crimefighting, but less obnoxious. I’d be even happier with it if it had, say, shoulder straps or even the rest of the material that would make a full shirt out of the bustier.

    • SunlessNick says

      Honestly, I wish they wouldn’t bother with a costume at all – shout out to it by having one episode where she has reason to wear a swimsuit or leotard and picks one with that design – but otherwise have her wear normal clothes.

      • The Other Anne says

        That’s how I figure most superheroes should be. I don’t get the point in having a costume–bad guys will, what, wait while you put it on or pull off your old clothes? It seems better to have armor on under street clothes with maybe some form of one-layer outer-wear and a mask if you want your identity hidden–it’s not like a bright flashy costume is BETTER than that for keeping a secret identity. Especially if the biggest change is you put on glasses as a “normal” person.

        • Maria says

          I always thought of Superman as exemplifying one of knapsack points about white privilege… when you’re a heterosexual middle class white male working a white collar job, you get the privilege of being an individual… to the point where no one notices you look EXACTLY THE SAME as Superman except for the glasses.

          • SunlessNick says

            I never thought of it like that (though I liked how the Lois and Clark series would occasionally refer to people noticing they looked alike). Intriguing point.

        • ninjapenguin says

          In some cases I can see the need for special outfits–think of Edna Mode’s design lecture in The Incredibles. And I can see the same point in an unusual outfit/costume as a military uniform–let the good guys (cops, army, civilians, etc.) know who is on their side: “Don’t shoot the guy in green spandex!” But guys can get different options: witness Superman’s spandex versus Iron Man’s armor. Women, however, always somehow tend to end up in super tight, shiny spandex with perfectly molded individual breast cups and tons of cleavage.

        • Jenny Islander says

          In the original version, it wasn’t just the glasses–he was wearing a badly cut suit and acting like a milquetoast, so he was (supposedly) just another anonymous (white) schlub toiling in an office. Not “the privilege of being an individual,” but the privilege of disappearing at will into a sea of anonymous white men–the norm. The privilege of moving freely about the city because nobody would notice him as unusual in most neighborhoods or other public settings.

          Didn’t Captain America originally get to do that too? Wasn’t he originally the beefy and dimwitted Private Rogers peeling potatoes on KP when he wasn’t in the loud suit?

        • Patrick McGraw says

          The costume is part of the whole identity – as Daredevil put it “that’s they know who you are.” And a bright flashy costume DOES help conceal your identity, because those are the features that stick in people’s minds – not how tall you were or what kind of build you have.

    • Elee says

      I am always so torn when filmmakers (or writers tapping into the original franchise for that matter, like JMS) want to change the iconic look. On one hand, of course I see all the issues with superheroines’ costumes – they are not practical, counterproductive in a fight and much more likely to get them into fights than to make them intimidating enough to end those, they are usually so revealing and tight, they might as well be featured in porn mags. On the other hand, these superheroes usually have several decades!!! of character development and their costumes and bios are iconic. A blond Superman who is a dashing ladykiller in RL just isn’t Superman/Clark Kent, WW in a full-body armor or in a green bustier isn’t WW. So, I am actually pretty impressed with the new costume, it is more sensible, but still has the iconic WW-look; it would look even greater if the bustier had straps and was a bit higher and still be recognisable.

      • Patrick McGraw says

        One thing that is bugging me something awful, but that shouldn’t be surprising, is how everything keeps tal;king about this series in comparison to “the Lynda Carter original.”

        Look, I understand that the TV show in question was probably WW’s highest-profile exposure in popular culture, but it’s really a minor footnote in WW’s history, with over 30 years of stories told before it, and over 30 years of stories told after it.

        On that note, today’s “target demographic” audience of 20-35 year-olds who don’t read comics? They don’t know WW from a show that ended before they were born. They know her from Justice League.

  7. Hazmat Sam says

    The Libya thing misses one important point: Bombing the country will, if anything, decrease production, and our leaders know it. Look at Iraq. Plus, as the article said the regime already gives us their oil. This sure as hell won’t help Libyans, but it’s also got nothing to do with oil mongering.

  8. Cassandra says

    Are there going to be any articles about Sucker Punch, which is supposedly an empowering for women movie? I’d like to see what you guys have to say about that. Ha ha – don’t know if you guys take requests.

    That said, I love the urine-bear-suit-auction thing, but when looking on the links it seems that the auction fell through, and it’s now become a raffle. http://www.bearsdontwearwetsuits.com/raffle.asp

  9. Patrick McGraw says

    I made the mistake of reading the comments for the Wonder Woman link. I should know better by now.

              • says

                That looks… better. Less shiny vinyl, and no heels on the boots. But lord, given the physics of breasts, nobody can look good running in a molded plastic cup bustier. It’s not even an attractive sort of jiggle.

                Meh.

              • Casey says

                BOTH VERSIONS OF THE COSTUME LOOK TACKY[/rage]

                “Bigger hair …and bigger tits!
                “Yeah, hookers always look better fighting crime with bigger hair!”

                Aaaand I’m out. >_>V

              • Patrick McGraw says

                “NBC’s Wonder Woman reboot.”

                Is this really what they’re doing? It’s not a new WW series, just rehashing a show the execs remember from when they were young? No chance to see a show influenced by the groundbreaking work done by the likes of George Perez, Greg Rucka, or Gail Simone?

                Every press release I’m seeing seems to scream that this show isn’t for WW’s existing fanbase at all. I’m going to go re-watch my Justice League DVDs.

                • Casey says

                  Am I the only one who’d like to see Etta Candy and her sorority sisters tag along with WW? She needs a posse/random gaggle of female friends. Hell, I’d even like Steve Trevor to be her love interest again.

                  [/likes the really, really, REALLY old stuff]

                  • Patrick McGraw says

                    You’re not the only one. Keep Steve Trevor in the dustbin, but Etta Candy (preferably influenced by what Gail Simone has done with her in recent years) would be awesome.

                    • Casey says

                      Isn’t Etta Candy like, a military officer nowadays or something? Even though they’d probably botch it up HORRIBLY, I’d love to see old-school I’M FAT AND EAT CANDY I DON’T GIVE A FUCK Etta on TV…but of course a happy fat person with no body issues just wouldn’t see the light of day right now.

                    • Patrick McGraw says

                      She’s an intelligence officer, currently working for Mr. Terrific’s Checkmate unit. Her attitude remains unimpeded. :)

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