Rolly is my spirit animal.
The Used - I Caught Fire (In Your Eyes)
In you eyes like my first time
That I caught fire
Just stay with me lay with me
YOU CAN STAY AND WATCH ME FALL
HUVr introduces the new hoverboard to be released in December 2014 [x]
THIS IS NOT A TEST!!! REPEAT THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!
So last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending an awesome panel put on by the amazing club Community Roots called “I am a Woman of Color.”
There were four women on the panel, all of different ethnicities (Chinese, African American, Latina of Bolivian descent, and I unfortunately can’t recall the last woman’s ethnicity but it may have been Pakistani). The questions addressed included questions about identity, acceptance, colorism. All of these women are highly accomplished and articulate, so it was a real treat to listen to them tell their stories.
On colorism, one of the women had to say that she thinks all of these ethnicities value lighter skin because of colonialism- “we all still have that white master mentality.”
The African American woman expressed her disdain for colorism saying, “It’s always ‘team white skin’- making a hierarchy of color within your own race.” She later addressed the “angry black woman” stereotype, saying that she never dealt with her freshman year roommate’s racism because she was afraid of being labeled an angry black woman.
The Latina woman commented on how in her culture, looking indigenous (as in an indigenous Bolivian) was a bad thing. She also commented how in class she may be called on to give her opinion and it will be generalized to her whole race. She said, “Oh, I didn’t know I represented the whole Latino community.”
After the formal questions were asked, it was the audience’s turn to ask questions and share their stories. One heartbreaking story I remember is the Latina woman with an 8-year-old sister who refuses to speak Spanish (even when at home) because she lives in a predominantly white neighborhood and she doesn’t want to be looked at as different.
Another woman in the audience said, “As a black feminist- do I want to further a cause that may not help me and women like me?”
The open dialogue really made this panel special. It was a tremendous night of women of color telling their journeys of accepting and celebrating their heritage and supporting each other. It was a truly eye-opening, inspiring, and uplifting night.
I’ve always had this tendency to apologize for everything—even things that aren’t my fault, things that actually hurt me or were wrongs against me.
It’s become automatic, a compulsion I am constantly fighting. Even more disturbingly, I’ve discovered in conversations with my female friends that…
Oh, this is fantastic. Long post, but read the whole thing. Unlikeable heroines 4eva.
These are the “difficult” characters. They demand our love but they won’t make it easy. The unlikable heroine provokes us. She is murky and muddled. We don’t always understand her. She may not flaunt her flaws but she won’t deny them. She experiences moral dilemmas, and most of the time recognizes when she has done something wrong, but in the meantime she will let herself be angry, and it isn’t endearing, cute, or fleeting. It is mighty and it is terrifying. It puts her at odds with her surroundings, and it isn’t always easy for readers to swallow.
She isn’t always courageous. She may not be conventionally strong; her strength may be difficult to see. She doesn’t always stand up for herself, or for what is right. She is not always nice. She is a hellion, a harpy, a bitch, a shrew, a whiner, a crybaby, a coward. She lies even to herself.
In other words, she fails to walk the fine line we have drawn for our heroines, the narrow parameters in which a heroine must exist to achieve that elusive “likability.”
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
We’re going to get where we’re going, you and me. Death and dignity be damned, we’ll get there. And we will be the starts we were always meant to be.
I’m quite proud of the response I gave to last week’s discussion prompt for my Sociology of Gender class. I wrote about undoing gender in the comic book industry! The prompt was to discuss how gender is being challenged in a social environment on three levels of interaction: individual, interactional (cultural), and institutional.
The process of undoing gender occurs at all three levels of gender structure in the comic book industry, specifically in Marvel Comics Inc. The demand for stand-alone superheroine comics is at an all-time high, which impacts the supply. The writers and illustrators for these comics are operating on an individual level when creating novel, non-gendered plots and storylines, but their work impacts the cultural level.
For instance, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel is a very popular series right now. Danvers defies many gender stereotypes: she is a high-ranked ex-military superhero, who is not held back by a male love interest, and is headstrong and blatantly disobeys her doctor’s orders in order to continue to fight crime.
In doing her job on an individual level, the writer of Captain Marvel is affecting readers’ cultural expectations of women on an interactional level. The tremendous fan support the Captain Marvel books and other superheroine books have received has led to a clamor for more female heroes, which has impacted the institutional level, Marvel as a corporate entity. Marvel has introduced several new female-led books in 2013 and 2014 (such as She-Hulk, Black Widow, an all-female led X-Men team, and the brand new Muslimah superheroine Ms. Marvel), disrupting the gendered idea that men are superheroes and women are at best sidekicks. Due to this interaction between gender structures, comic fans now have the pleasure of reading several diverse female superhero stories whose protagonists have agency and are unfettered by superfluous romantic attractions to their male superhero counterparts.