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The Female Perspective: My Fave Comic Con Trailers!

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Like many, I was not at San Diego Comic Con last week, but like many, I got to enjoy the trailers and videos that came out of it with nerdy abandon. Today I thought I’d go over some of my favorites in case you haven’t seen them and to find out what other people enjoyed.

American Gods

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I read the Neil Gaiman book a year or so ago and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t overly ecstatic about it. That being said, I was curious when I heard that Starz was developing a TV show based on the book. It’s a fascinating premise so I thought, well holy heck, this might be a cool TV show!

If you haven’t read the book, here’s a short synopsis:

The central premise of the novel is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them (a form of thoughtform). Immigrants to the United States brought with them spirits and gods. The power of these mythological beings has diminished as people’s beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America’s obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs, among other things. ~Wikipedia

The trailer released at SDCC did NOT disappoint. Besides this being an amazing cast, I think it having a home on Starz is the perfect place for it. Not to mention, the guy playing Shadow, who I adored on The 100, is perfect casting for the quiet felon who is thrust back into the world after this best friend and his wife are both killed in a car accident.

Watch the trailer HERE.

Justice League

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Okay, this look pretty cool. I was a bit hesitant on the new Flash since I love the TV kid so much, but there appears there is some humor to break up the darkness. More than anything, I cannot possibly get enough of seeing a posse of superhero’s all together, there is something so amazing about it that I honestly will watch anything just to get my fix of that. Maybe it’s wish-fulfillment, where are our superhero’s?

Check out the trailer HERE.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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I love me some Harry Potter magic, and really, magic in general. Not to mention the vast void of emptiness left in my life since the final book and movie were released so you can imagine my joy about seeing this trailer. The first trailer left me feeling a bit cold, but this one looks awesome. Plus, that familiar Harry Potter music brings back all the feels.

Check out the trailer HERE.

Doctor Strange

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Holy smokes, I can’t even … This look so flipping amazing I can’t even! Here, watch the trailer and tell me this doesn’t fill you with all the feels when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Check out the trailer HERE.

Now, I know virtually nothing about Dr. Strange, but I can tell you two things with certainty.

  1. Benedict Cumberbatch can do no wrong. I don’t care. He’s awesome.
  2. Magic and mind-twisting magic. Dude. MAGIC.

This is one of those trailers that gets you all goose-pimply and excited for the movie to come, but as excited as I am to see Doctor Strange I am even more excited for the next on my list of SDCC wonders. Can you guess what it is? Or who?

WONDER WOMAN

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I am one of the people who thought that Superman V. Batman: Dawn of Justice was a good movie. Not great, not perfect, but really good. Having just watched the “Ultimate Edition” I realize that it’s even better than I remembered it and one of my favorite parts is the introduction of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Seeing Wonder Woman on the big screen like this, tall, proud and powerful, makes me feel all weepy. Add to that being able to finally see the trailer for her movie and I was a total mess.

For years, those in power in the movie world said that a woman-centered stand-alone film wouldn’t do good in the theater so they avoided it like the plague. Now, to see it actually happening is almost overwhelming. Will Wonder Woman outdo her male counterparts? Hard to say, but from the looks of the trailer, it looks like she is going to kick some serious butt and do it in wonderfully awesome fashion.

Also, the line, “What I do is not up to you.” BOOM! That’s my Wonder Woman!

Wonder woman was obviously my favorite of the trailers, I can’t lie. Not to mention, the poster is phenomenal, “Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.” AAAAAAHHHHH!! They are doing so right by this I cannot imagine it will go wrong (my fingers and toes are crossed anyway).

A few honorable mentions in terms of fun videos that came our way are below. These aren’t high profile movie trailers, but they are a bit of fun.

Honorable Mentions:

Rick Grimes tries to Glitter Bomb Daryl and becomes the dread pirate Glitter Beard!

Superman goes undercover!

There you have it folks, some of my fave videos from SDCC 2016. Did you have different ones? Show them to me in the comments and let me know what YOU think of the upcoming slew of movies and TV coming our way!

 

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The Female Perspective: Rhode Island Comic Con & More (Aka, Shameless Self-Promotion)

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This month there is A LOT happening for your intrepid blog writer. First off is Rhode Island Comic Con which, if you haven’t heard, is the biggest show in the smallest state and it’s AWESOME. This year I have an artist table next to my collaborator Frankie B. Washington. To say I am stoked is an understatement. I’ll be hawking my books, photographs and my new (and first) comic book, “The Rapture: The Final Battle” based on characters from my short story, “The Rapture,” which is in my book, “Menagerie Of The Weird.” You’ll want to read it, trust me.

The Final Battle, art by Frankie B. Washington. Story by FBW and JL Metcalf. 2015.
The Final Battle, art by Frankie B. Washington. Story by FBW and JL Metcalf. 2015.

Today’s blog is going to be a short one because I have lots to do to prepare for RICC and I want to ask you all, if you are in the Providence, RI area, to come say HELLO and help support some of us “starving” artists. We love to chat so even if you don’t want to purchase anything, come say hello, snag a free goodie bag or some candy and enjoy the fun that is to be had at RICC. I’ve been 2-years in a row now and I can tell you, it’s a freakin’ blast and a half.

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On top of that awesome sauce (and I plan on doing a blog after RICC next week to update y’all on the fun that was had!) it is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo 2015. If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo then let me tell you a little bit about it. Basically, it’s a challenge to write a complete novel (75,000 words) in the month of November. I participated and was a winner last year with my 2nd novel, “Coming Undone: Musings on Life, Love and Hobbits.” This year it is my goal to complete the sequel to my first book, “The Last Daughter of Lilith,” and I’ve got a pretty good start on things. No title or cover art yet but you can bet your fine behind that it’s going to be awesome. If you are interested in participating in NaNoWriMo you can still sign up!

Then to top off all the goodness of November we have Thanksgiving and then in December I have my final show of the season, the yearly writers Expo sponsored by the Association of Rhode Island Authors, ARIA on December 5th at the Lincoln Mall. More on that later this month!

Finally, I pose this question for my readers, do you attend Comic Conventions? Do you cosplay?

Share your stories/pictures/etc and let’s chat! 

Hope to see you at RICC!
Hope to see you at RICC!
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The Female Perspective: The New Wonder Woman, Inspiring Or Not?

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know that I have a fondness in my heart for Wonder Woman. You can imagine then that I am VERY excited/interested/nervous about the upcoming Superman v. Batman movie that is coming out next year. The preview that dropped after San Diego Comic Con made it look as if things are picking up from the end of Man of Steel and taking a turn for the dark and treacherous for our man Super.

While I loved the trailer, it got me really jazzed up to see the movie, I was a bit sad by the utter lack of Wonder Woman footage. Are they keeping her a secret? Why? Or are they just wetting our appetites because they want us to be surprised when we finally get to see her truly in action?

These are questions I cannot possibly answer.

What I can say is that what little we did of Wonder Woman has me thinking some thoughts.

  1. We see her a couple of times in beautiful, expensive outfits peeking at us.
  2. Then we see her in full costume kicking some serious ass.

I have to say that I like this. I like that we see the two sides of Diana Prince and Wonder Woman. They’re clearly going to show her as a woman and a warrior. Something I can totally get behind.

I need more than this! I want to see Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman fighting, jumping, kicking butt!
I need more than this! I want to see Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman fighting, jumping, kicking butt!

Others are not so excited. In a recent article on Geek Tyrant’s website, Grant Morrison, who wrote the upcoming Wonder Woman: Earth One, had some very doom and gloom type things to say about the little we’ve seen of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

“[The warrior woman thing is] not what Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all. His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana [Prince, the character’s real name] was a doctor, a healer, a scientist.” – Geek Tyrant

Morrison’s concerns are rooted in the fact that he is worried that this newest portrayal of Wonder Woman is not in line with what William Marston, the creator of the Wonder Woman character, had in mind for her.

Here’s my issue with this. First off, we’ve only seen what, maybe five seconds of Gadot as Wonder Woman? How in the WORLD can someone decide how she’s being portrayed with that little amount of time? Secondly, he’s wrong, she isn’t only “snarling” at the camera, she smiles slyly as she ducks into a car. Thank you and goodnight.

Gadot herself has expressed only excitement at being able to portray Wonder Woman.

“I told them that I wanted to be able to show the stronger side of women. I didn’t want to do the obvious role that you see in Hollywood most of the time, which is the heartbroken girl who’s waiting to be rescued by the guy, blah, blah, blah.

I’m so excited about this role. I feel like I’ve been given a huge opportunity to inspire people, not only women. And not because of me but because of who Wonder Woman is and what she stands for. There’s a lot of responsibility. But I have the best team and the best people to work with. It’s going to be an amazing ride, knock on wood.”  –Geek Tyrant

So basically, from that soundbite and the few seconds we’ve seen Gadot in action, Morrison has decided that this newest incarnation of Wonder Woman is going to be a disaster of some sort? Personally, I feel good about Gadot has had to say about the role, she wants her Wonder Woman to be strong and powerful, not mooning over a man or in need of saving. THANK YOU! We’ve seen such a thing with the portrayal of Black Widow but we need more of it people, lots and lots of it. Women aren’t only around to be damsels in distress, we can do loads more cool stuff.

Can anyone be better than Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman?
Can anyone be better than Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman?

Morrison’s comments are of the type that really sticks in my craw (I’m not entirely sure what a craw is but I suspect it’s nothing good and to have something stuck there it is quite uncomfortable but this is all just a guess), he’s making ASSUMPTIONS about something that, while he is clearly educated about Wonder Woman, since he has written some of the comics, he doesn’t have a clue about when it comes to the film Zach Snyder is making.

Look, I want this Wonder Woman to be a bad-ass just like so many of my fellow Wonder Woman fans. I want her to be powerful, beautiful, intelligent and just as tough, if not tougher, than her male counterparts Superman and Batman. I want her to be everything that is wonderful about how women can be portrayed on film while leaving out all the sexism that happens so often with female superhero’s. I know that Wonder Woman’s portrayal can’t fix the many, MANY flaws in the film industry (where the heck is my Black Widow movie??? Hmmm? HMMM?) but she can help move it forward just the littlest bit if she’s played well.

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I personally have faith in Gadot. She did a great job in the Fast & Furious movies. She was just as tough as the guys along with having all those feminine wiles to use against the men. I think she can go toe-to-toe with Supe and Bats and come out on top.

I think Gadot can do it.
I think Gadot can do it.

I only hope that when she does come out on top that DC realizes that they need to give Wonder Woman her OWN damn movie.

Tell me YOUR thoughts, how are you feeling about the new Wonder Woman? Good, bad, indifferent, distraught, penniless, putrid or joyful beyond words? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: Suicide Squad, Superman v. Batman and Ant Man! Oh My!

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Unless you live under a rock, you know that San Diego Comic Con was last week. While I did not attend SDCC I, like so many others, got to reap some of the benefits as trailers were “dropped” for some of the biggest upcoming releases for next year. The two that got me REALLY excited were Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. My little geek heart leapt with joy when I got to watch these trailers and finally see a little bit more of what Zach Snyder is doing with S v. B and what the heck Jared Leto is going to look like as the Joker (I’ve seen stills but I wanted to see him talking and walking)!

I was not disappointed.

So much Yes. SO MUCH!
So much Yes. SO MUCH!

First, let’s talk about Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice. There’s been a lot of debate about how much destruction Superman caused at the end of Man Of Steel and how it goes against his character. It seemed to offend a lot of people and while I agree to a certain extent, I was also willing to wait and see what the sequel held for us before deciding that Zach Snyder did Superman a terrible disservice by not having him held accountable for the lives and building damage he caused.

My patience has been rewarded.

You can tell within seconds that people are not as enamored of Superman as in previous films. He is in trouble for what he did to save them and he is in trouble for the pain and suffering he caused while trying to save the world. He has also managed to pretty royally piss off an aging Batman (played by Ben Affleck).

I’m not going to lie, I am pretty psyched to see this movie. First off, The Dark Knight is one of the finest comics ever written (in my humble opinion) in the Batman Universe and to be able to see the battle between Superman and Batman on the big screen is pretty freaking exciting for me. Not to mention, we get to see a little bit of Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot)  in this trailer and while I’m not quite sure what her part is in all of this, I am excited to see that she seems to have some serious power. It appears at one point that she locks her wrist gauntlets together and emits a pretty powerful charge. I can’t wait to see what else she can do.

While Snyder has a hit or miss track record with films, he shines the brightest when he is adapting other material. He also does a good job of cultivating strong and powerful female characters. I have a lot of hope for this incarnation of Supe and the Bat and I can’t wait till 2016 to see it on the big screen!

The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad

Now, onto Suicide Squad. I’ll admit that I don’t know a ton about their origins. I’ve seen some of the characters on Arrow and I’ve watched an animated show with my boyfriend that I very much enjoyed but that’s about it. That being said, I’m all sorts of excited when it comes to Harley Quinn, the Joker and really, any other misfit from the comic universe. I’ve always been a sucker for the bad guys.

After the trailer “leaked” from SDCC, we finally get a look of this merry gang of misfits and I am pretty psyched for this film. I think it’ll be a lot of fun and a lot of action. I can even get on board with having Will Smith in it since he’s a pretty solid actor and can pull of surly toughness fairly well. But what really gets me jazzed?

This guy:

Jared Leto as The Joker
Jared Leto as The Joker

Yep. I’ve been a sucker for the Joker since I was a kid. Something about his misfit look and sick sense of humor really appeals to my dark little heart. At the same time, I find Jared Leto to be a really decent actor, his work in Dallas Buyers Club blew me away. I think he is a perfect choice to fill the shoes vacated by Heath Ledger and his few seconds in the above trailer gave me chills. That laugh that echoes before you see him, then his smile as he threatens… damn that’s some good stuff.

Finally, I’m excited to be going to see Ant Man this Friday and I hope to do a review next week for it. In the meantime, check out the trailer and tell me YOUR thoughts about these and any other films you’re excited about. Did the SDCC trailers leave you cold? Get you psyched for some good stuff from DC Comics? Or are you looking forward to a different film in 2015 or 2016? Sound off in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: Supergirl, Then and Now

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I was originally going to write about the new “Mad Max: Fury Road” controversy of men being angry about the movie being “feminist propaganda” but instead, I want to talk a little bit more about Supergirl – both the 1984 movie and the upcoming TV series on CBS.

1984 Supergirl. Rock on Supergirl, ROCK. ON.
1984 Supergirl. Rock on Supergirl, ROCK. ON.

First, we’ll start with the 1984 movie. I am going to state right up front that I LOVE this movie. It was the very first superhero movie I ever watched (that I recall) and not only that, it starred a female hero. My budding little feminist heart was thrilled beyond measure to see a woman kicking butt and getting stuff done with grace, ease and amazing strength and without looking like a hooker. I watched this movie a lot as a girl and I recently re-watched it as “research” for this piece. Though, to be fair, I didn’t need to re-watch it since I pretty much have it memorized.

Faye Dunaway as Selena? She pretty much ate up the screen in her scenes.
Faye Dunaway as Selena? She pretty much ate up the screen in her scenes.

A lot of folks don’t like this movie for various reasons I simply don’t understand. Sure, it’s 80’s cheese in some degrees but it has an all-star cast, I mean, seriously, FAYE DUNAWAY as the villain Selena, how can you go wrong? Not to mention Peter O’Toole as Supergirl’s mentor and friend, Zalfar. It’s a pretty stellar cast if you ask me. Helen Slater nails the innocent power that is both Supergirl and Kara Zor-El from Argo City.

Kara, after an unfortunate accident that is equal parts Zalfar and her faults, finds herself on Earth. She has powers and can fly for cripes sake! She is also on a mission to find the Omega Hedron and save her city from certain death (by suffocation no less). She spends a few moments (during some really awesome wire work) flying around and getting used to her new strength and her new world before she gets back to work looking for the Omega.

What gets me most about this movie is the utter strength of the women in this film. Dunaway’s Selena is crazy as all good villains should be, but she is also powerful and confident in her power (with the exception of a few amusing fumbles), she doesn’t need a man and continuously tricks them to get what she wants. Slater’s Supergirl brings out the appropriate amount of gravitas and fun that Supergirl should have. Honestly, for me, it’s like watching a comic on-screen.

If you are a regular reader of my blog than you know that my favorite part of this movie is the ending sequences. When Supergirl has to escape the Phantom Zone with Zalfar, she loses her friend and has to go on alone. That moment is precious to me. It is Kara realizing her true power and strength. She has to keep moving and DARN-IT, that scene gives me chills every time I watch it.

To me, this is a perfect movie for young girls to see if they want to see a female superhero or even before they start watching the CBS show to get a feel for Kara Zor-El and the Supergirl universe. Not only is Supergirl not treated like a sex object, she is actually treated like an equal to the men around her (to be fair, the male characters are pretty much reduced to stumbling buffoons, funny but not my favorite part of the film). This is a feminist movie that isn’t trying to be a feminist movie. That’s what I love about it.

Oh Zalfar. "On Girl!"
Oh Zalfar. “On Girl!”

Sadly, it flopped in theaters and we never saw another Supergirl film. Lucky for us, the recent rise in the love of all things comics (Green Arrow, The Flash, The Avengers, etc) has brought Supergirl back to us. Later this year, CBS will launch their version of Supergirl for TV audiences. They recently released a 6 minute preview of the show and I have to admit, I am pretty psyched. Check it out if you haven’t seen it already.

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It’s a long preview and it shows a lot of good stuff. It also gives us a lighter, more fun superhero show. it comes from the mind of the creators of The Arrow and The Flash which only makes me more excited. On Arrow the women are as strong as the men, they fight side by side with them. Not to mention, the action/fight sequences should prove to be beautifully choreographed. Besides all of that I have to say that I’m pleased with her costume, her attitude and oh, everything about it. It looks fun and kick-ass, a winning combination – if you ask me. I have the hope that it will be a proof to all those Execs out there that think a female-centric superhero show/movie can’t work, that lady hero’s are just as watchable as male hero’s. I mean seriously, look at Agent Carter! She was step one, let’s hope Supergirl will be step two to us finally seeing a female hero movie on the big screen.

Our new Supergirl. She looks very promising.
Our new Supergirl. She looks very promising.

I’ve read varying degrees of happiness and unhappiness about the trailer which is to be expected. I mean, you can’t please everyone, right? What irritates me is when people nit pick. For example, I saw one complaint that the guy playing Jimmy Olson isn’t wimpy or unattractive and is (gasp) being played by a black man and not a pale-faced ginger. Listen folks, it’s OKAY to change things up every once in a while if the story stays relatively true to the characters. I don’t care what color Olsen is as long as he’s a good actor. I’ve also seen complaints that they mention Superman too much. Sigh. Really? The 1984 movie talks about him a lot, they even go so far as to show a poster of him in Linda Lee’s dorm room. It’s allowed people, Superman IS her cousin and they share super powers! Seems to me that it would only be natural, as Kara finds her power, that she talks about her cousin who knows of what she speaks.

I personally am ready to check out this new Supergirl and I have high hopes for it, Lord knows I needed a win this week after the debacle that was the Jem and The Holograms trailer!

Time will tell and hopefully I won’t be writing another blog in a few months complaining about our new Supergirl.

So tell me, what do YOU think? Did you love the 1984 version of Supergirl? Did you love the comics? Are you excited for the new show? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: Supergirl and Pose-able Ta-ta’s: It Must Be Monday!

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There are some days I wonder why I write this blog (those days are usually when I have a lot of writing work to do and no time to write the kind of stuff, like this, that I want to write!), those are the bad days. Then there are days that I am so glad I have this outlet for my perspective, for my voice. Those are the good days.  Today is one of the good days.

Oh Marvel, I'm disappointed in you.
Oh Marvel, I’m disappointed in you.

So much came into my inbox today, articles about a leaked Marvel email about why we can’t have nice things…wait, it was about why a female-centric superhero film wouldn’t work. The email then went on to site 3 examples of failed superhero movies, one of them, Supergirl from the 80’s was filmed THIRTY YEARS AGO.

Author FYI: I love Supergirl. It made me feel like girls could be powerful. It also makes my day every time I watch it and actually, I sense a viewing coming my way very soon. I mean, seriously, FAYE FREAKIN DUNAWAY as the villain!! And Peter O’Toole!!! Dear lord…when Supergirl has to escape the Phantom Zone I die every time, it’s one of the best, most perfect examples of “girl power” I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen it, watch this…NOW (please).

Seriously, when she stands up in front of the light with that music playing I get chills, CHILLS.

Anyway, I lost my point there for a moment, I’ll come back to it now. The fact is, in terms of money, the film Supergirl was a flop and I full understand that that is all movie execs look at and consider. In the interveneing 30 years though we’ve had Wonder Woman the TV show, we’ve had Agent Carter which is coming back for a 2nd season (Can I get a Hallelujah for that!?) and we have Black Widow in the various Avenger-themed movies. We have there 3 prime examples of women super hero’s getting it DONE with power and style. To try and say in this day and age that a female-centric hero movie wouldn’t work? Well, that’s antinqated and useless thinking. it’s thinking that shouldn’t be working at Marvel anymore.

The author of the Marvel article (linked above) did a fantastic job making the arguments I would have made, the point being that there have been PLENTY of failed superhero movies with men at the helm (Daredevil with Ben Affleck or The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen are just 2 examples). What matters to comic fans and movie goers isn’t who is the star (though, that is taken into account), it’s whether the movie stays true to the character and is well written, acted and directed.

The guy at Marvel who penned that email should be fired and then fired again for good measure and perhaps even fired one more time to prove the point that he needs to retire and/or educate himself on what draws people to theater.

Super girl played by Helen Slater
Super girl played by Helen Slater

Another example of why I love being able to write this blog is because I also came across an article about an action figure, the title of the article is this:

This Metal Gear Solid V Figure Has Poseable Breasts

I thought it had to be a joke at first but nope, it’s a real thing.  From the article itself.

Hideo Kojima tweeted out images of a figure of the character that is being designed by PlayArts. It reveals that some of the material it’s made of is softer so it can be “lifted” and “pushed”. That material is on the character’s breasts. ~ Bleeding Cool

There truly are no words for how … puzzled I felt when I read this.

There are some days where I think that women have come in terms of equality only to find out that really, women will almost always be treated like pose-able figures to be manipulated at will by fans, dirty old men or other strange people.

There isn’t much more to say here because either (as the author states), you’ll love it or you’ll hate it and that’s your prerogative either way. Which I agree with to a certain extent. I do believe people can make their own choices but the fact is, when toys (is it a toy?) like this are sold it demeans women while also perpetuating the sexism that is rampant in video games, comics and other forms of entertainment. If no one bough it, they would stop making it. Sadly, I’m not sure I believe that that will ever happen.

The words can't even help me express my displeasure at this one...
The words can’t even help me express my displeasure at this one…

The fact is, being able to write this blog gives me an outlet for my frustration and my amusement at the abject sexism that abounds in our world. Some days it breaks my heart, other days it makes me laugh and still other days it makes me good an angry. I can tell you that I’ve gotten comments from readers that either know or not (who am I to judge the words of others?) that they are being sexist and it frustrates the holy heck out of me. My retaliation? I do my absolute best to respond with kindness, reason and intelligence. Once I’ve said my piece I move on.

The beauty of our world being so connected is that it gives people like me an opportunity to talk about what I truly love and I love talking about comics and feminism and pop culture. It really makes my day. I also just realized that I love to talk about the movie Supergirl and I cannot wait for the TV show that’s coming our way (fingers crossed). I can only hope that it is as good or better than the movie because the movie made Supergirl powerful and it made her a woman who finds her inner strength and defeats the bad guys which this feminist nerd loves.

Exactly.
Exactly.

What do YOU think? Is a toy with “pose-able breasts” acceptable? Why or why not? And what do you think about Supergirl – is she indeed a super feminist girl or something else entirely? Sound off in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: Are We Getting TOO Invested In Our Fiction?

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I spent awhile trying to come up with my blog topic today and what my crazy mind kept turning back to was the idea that maybe we, as fans, get far too invested in a story and forget that it is fictional.

They're only fictional characters, should we get so wrapped up in them? Is it healthy?
They’re only fictional characters, should we get so wrapped up in them? Is it healthy?

Some of you may be shaking your head going, “No kidding” but take a moment and really think about some of the stories that have come out, some of the fan arguments that abound online. A movie like Age of Ultron is a perfect example, as is my blog from Wednesday. People were taking a 10 minute scene and turning it into a huge debate about a fictional character. People were angry about Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans calling the character Black Widow a “slut”. People get mad about Man of Steel and complain that he killed thousands (if not more) of innocent people in the decimation of Metropolis and Smallville. The list goes on and on and I, for one, am exhausted by it.

Yes, in reality, A LOT of people died in that final showdown between Superman and Zod  but it's FICTION. Why bring it up at all?
Yes, in reality, A LOT of people died in that final showdown between Superman and Zod but it’s FICTION. Why bring it up at all?

I love my fictional characters as much as anyone (probably less-so than many fans) but there comes a point where fun fan arguments just get to be…too much. The reason I say this is because it takes all of the FUN out of it for me. I don’t want to talk about the reality of the destruction, I don’t want to try to figure out what Black Widow meant when she called herself a monster. I want to sit down and enjoy my entertainment as such, entertainment. I don’t want to circle around to describe the real world ramifications of Batman or the idea that the stunts Captain America just completed are totally “fake”.

IT’S ALL FAKE people! IT’S ALL FAKE!

Yes, I believe that some of the stuff that happens in those fake world have real-world implications, I have written about plenty of them myself in this blog so please don’t think that I am missing the irony in my own words. What I am trying to dig at is the fact that people are simply latching on to ideas in these movies that simply aren’t worth getting angry about. There is so much death and unhappiness in the world, can’t we all find the joy in these fun little worlds and simply, and this may sound radical, ENJOY THEM at face value?

Do we have to obsess over every, tiny detail, no matter how seemingly insignificant?

I suppose we do. It seems to be in our natures and it seems to be what the world does nowadays. We dissect, we discuss and we obsess. I’ve done it plenty of times myself but after a certain point I am bored and want to talk about how cool the movie I just saw was, how much fun it was. I don’t want to deal with the reality of death tolls and destruction.

The obsession with the state of Black Widow's uterus is at crazy levels.
The obsession with the state of Black Widow’s uterus is at crazy levels.

I honestly think what it comes down to is the fact that there are extremists even in the fan world. They take it those few steps too far and ruin it for the rest of us sane (sort of), normal (maybe) people.  I love a good debate about superhero’s or any great piece of fiction but there comes a time where enough is enough and I think I’ve personally reached my saturation point of certain discussions. This doesn’t mean that those debates/discussions aren’t worth having, it just means that after a while they become tired and pointless. Sometimes it’s just best to say that we “agree to disagree” and leave it at that.

What do YOU think? Are the EXTREME fans ruining it for the rest of us? Or is discussion the name of the game? Sound off in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: That Darn Wonder Woman Movie

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I’ve talked a few times now about the worlds need for a Wonder Woman movie and here I am again, talking about Wonder Woman. The movie is slated to be released in 2017 but it continues to have issues. The film lost its director, producer and “Game of Thrones” director Michelle MacLaren. The studio quickly filled the spot (more on that in a moment) but before they did they decided to make clear that “creative differences” (the reason given as to why MacLaren split) actually means that MacLaren was unqualified to helm a film of the epic scale she was looking to direct. They have now tapped Monster director, Patty Jenkins – who, by all accounts, is equally as “unqualified” to helm such a project (if we are going by the Warner Brothers standards of qualifications, that is).

Here’s my issue, and it’s illustrated by Joseph Phillip Illidge in this article. When Joss Whedon was tapped to direct The Avengers, he was equally as unqualified and yet, the movie was a success. Same goes for  Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed Captain America: The Winter Solider (which was awesome). I guess what it boils down to is that I’m confused, why was MacLaren thrown under the bus? Because she wanted to do an epic movie about an EPIC AMAZONIAN by the name of Wonder Woman? Eee gads, imagine the nerve of her to want to make the story of Wonder Woman EPIC. Scandalous.

No, I think it runs much deeper than that, I think that they disliked her story ideas, decided to split and then they decided that since she’s a woman, they can crap all over her without issue (merely an opinion, not fact). Even though that makes them hypocrites. Experience does not immediately equal success (Ridley Scotts disaster of a movie Exodus: Gods and Kings should prove that point nicely), sometimes a lack of experience can be a plus! You aren’t jaded by Hollywood, you have fresh ideas and can take a character that is universally known, like Wonder Woman, and really do something new and fresh with her. I mean, MacLaren works on Game of Thrones for pete’s sake! There are a whole plethora of strong female characters on that show!

Can anyone be better than Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman?
Can anyone be better than Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman?

No, I think this isn’t a case of MacLaren being inexperienced, I think it’s a case of honest to goodness “creative differences” along with a wee bit of the sexism thrown in for good measure. Mix all of that with the fact that the menfolk at Warner Bros clearly disagreed with her ideas and you have “creative differences”.

This leaves me feeling worried about the Wonder Woman movie. I mean, Monster was a good movie, Jenkins did a great job making Charlize Theron’s murderer both brutal and sympathetic, but at the same time, will Warner Bros. allow Jenkins to take Wonder Woman where she needs to be able to go? Will Jenkins be allowed to treat Wonder Woman like all the other heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and give her a bad-ass back story (oh yeah, she already has one!) along with a fantastic plot that keeps viewers engaged and excited?

Only time will tell really. I know that I, for one, will be very interested to see what happens with the Wonder Woman movie. I am also breathlessly awaiting some footage of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in  Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

I need more than this! I want to see Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman fighting, jumping, kicking butt!
I need more than this! I want to see Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman fighting, jumping, kicking butt!

Wonder Woman may just be another superhero to many, but to me (and I’m not ashamed to admit this), as a feminist, Wonder Woman is much more than that. She is a feminist icon, one of the most popular heroes to date. She is a strong powerful woman hero who stands for feminism in the best possible ways. While she has been treated well in the past, I am nervous about how she’ll treated in today’s over-sexualized world.

My ideal Wonder Woman stands toe-to-toe with Batman, Superman or any other male superhero.
My ideal Wonder Woman stands toe-to-toe with Batman, Superman or any other male superhero.

Again, only time will tell…I for one, have my fingers crossed for the best!

What do YOU think? Sound off in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: Gold Bikini’s and Globes, Oh My!

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I watched this video twice yesterday and each time, it made me chuckle. The initial idea, a 5-year old girl critiquing Princess Leia and her gold bikini, is insanely brilliant. The illustrations also make it quite funny but when you move past the funny and into the real meat of the video, you start to think on the topic more (or at least, I did). The video was attached to an article that expressed some sadness that this young girls thoughts on the Bikini-Clad Princess were not “more feminist”. I cannot help but take something else out of it, pride. This little girl doesn’t care one bit about what other people think of her opinions or if the outfit is “demeaning”.  This little girl simply thinks it’s a pretty bikini that looks nice on Leia. But have no fear, the little 5-year old girl would never allow herself to be a slave to Jabba the Hut (or anyone). To me, I see a girl being taught the right things by her family. I see a girl knowing what is right, what is wrong and what is pretty.

She may be in a bikini, but she still kicks some serious butt.
She may be in a bikini, but she still kicks some serious butt.

I sometimes think that we as a society get lost in our outrage sometimes. We see something as innocuous as Jeremy Renner making a globe/breast joke about Jennifer Lopez at the Golden Globes and we have to write about it, angrily, saying it’s rude and sexist. Why can’t it simply be funny? She laughed, why can’t we? Why do we find outrage in that but we basically ignore the allegations of sexual misconduct at Comic Con’s or the angry rape comments posted on Facebook every day?

Did Jeremy Renner go too far? Click here to watch and decide for yourself.

The reason I find this video funny is because the Dad is trying very hard to make his daughter understand that some people find the gold bikini “demeaning” (which is what I thought was the point of it when I saw the movie as a child. Jabba is a bad guy, aka a “baddie” and what’s worse than forcing a woman (or anyone) into slavery?) but the little girl simply doesn’t care. She’d escape from Jabba and keep wearing the outfit! Let us not forget that Leia does escape (with a little help from her friends) while also strangling Jabba with her chain, that’s pretty powerful if you ask me.

Leia doesn't stand back and take it, she fights back when the time is right.
Leia doesn’t stand back and take it, she fights back when the time is right.

I think that in our fight for equality, we lose our way a bit. I can say I am just as guilty of this as the next person. We are all so focused on making sure we’re equal that sometimes we lose our sense of humor. Perhaps we don’t have to get angry at every little slight or perhaps that’s the start of a slide down into sexism. Who can know for sure? What I do know is that sexism exists. Just as racism, homophobia and ageism all exist. It’s part of our culture and I honestly (and sadly) believe that we’ll never truly rid ourselves of it. Where there is light, there is always dark. There has to be that balance of good and bad. Does one boob joke tip the scales to the dark side? Does one gold bikini take us back to the stone age? Does one scantily clad female super hero ruin men for all women?

I think it all comes down to context, yeah, Leia is scantily clad and is a slave to Jabba. In the end though, she escapes and helps to destroy Jabba. Not to mention, she is a powerful fighter in the rebellion. I think that sometimes, we focus on the wrong things. I think that as we progress, and make our female voices heard in the comics world, things will change. It is a very slow process but there is hope on the horizon. Look at how strong Black Widow is in “The Avengers” movie(s) and the new TV mini-series, “Agent Carter” is a great example of a strong woman character being portrayed in the Marvel Universe. In fact, at one point in the first episode, she uses her feminine wiles to distract a suspect. She also fights on top of a moving truck. She is sexy and powerful, a wonderful combination and one that might not exist if not for the likes of Princess Leia and her Gold Bikini.

Sexy, Smart and Tough. A perfect combo that paved the way for other characters like her (Buffy, Agent Carter, etc).
Sexy, Smart and Tough. A perfect combo that paved the way for other characters like her (Buffy, Agent Carter, etc).

What do you think of Princess Leia and her gold bikini? Was she a step in the wrong direction or a feminist icon? Tell me in the comments!

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The Female Perspective: Extreme Corseting: Dangerous or a Show of Individuality?

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I was recently made aware of a woman named Kelly Lee Dekay, she has managed to corset herself into a 16 inch waist. Yeah, you’re reading that correctly, a SIXTEEN INCH WAIST. In looking at her I can’t help but be slightly repulsed. I don’t say this to put her down or make her seem like anything other than what she is, a woman searching for her path to stardom.

Kelly Lee Dekay as Jessica Rabbit
Kelly Lee Dekay as Jessica Rabbit

I have to admit to liking her attitude about it all, she states (on her website),

“I know for sure I’m going to get a lot of heat for [saying I’m a feminist] given corsets’ dark history,” she told cosmopolitan.com. “I started tight-lacing for me. I enjoy it. I wear my personality on the outside. But is it for everyone? No, absolutely not. But it’s my body and my decision. Telling someone to conform to your idea of feminism is still oppression. People have this sense of entitlement over a woman’s body. I reject that entitlement and choose to do the things that make me happy. That’s feminist. My body, my choice.”

~KLD, cosmopolitan.com

She is 100% correct, it’s her body and it’s her choice. I also like where she says it’s not for everyone to follow her path. My problem comes down to the fact that teenage girls will see her and miss that part. Because, let’s face it, a lot of teenage girls aren’t paying attention to reason. They’re thinking about what will make them stand out, be sexy and get all the attention. I may be in my thirties but I still remember what it was like to be a teenage girl. It was horrible. I was the nerdy, chubby girl with braces. On top of that, I was shy as hell and only had a few (equally nerdy) friends. I was never very outgoing, even well into my teens. I was uncomfortable in my body and in who I was.  It took me long into my twenties to get comfortable.

The reason I tell you all this is because I can imagine a young girl seeing this woman and thinking, ‘Hmmm…I could totally do that!’ Corsets are easy to procure in these days of internet shopping and voila! We have a young girl trying to do something that could potentially injure her permanently and that alters her body in an extremely dramatic fashion.

Part of what turns me off from Kelly Lee’s corseting is the reason she did it, she wanted to look more like some of her favorite comic book characters (and, of course, like Jessica Rabbit) and that only frustrates me. How are we, as women, going to be able to make men understand that women are not to be looked at as comic book damsels, but as real-life women with people like Kelly Lee walking around, epitomizing the classic comic book lady shape? What I mean is that, there are battles being fought at Comic Conventions and Online by women trying to be treated as human beings and not simply as sexual objects. Someone like Kelly Lee (and others like her) potentially sets that back because she becomes a real-life fantasy for young men. She raises expectations that woman could look like the comic book women, if they wanted to. It’s frustrating and it’s not entirely Kelly Lee’s fault, she is simply doing what she wants to do with her body. The thing is, being a celebrity means that you are automatically being looked at, appraised, judged and treated as a role model (whether they want to be one or not). What kind of role model is she?

Corsets have a long and sordid history. They have been used in the past to determine what class you belong to (the higher classes of course wearing the best corsets) along with being a tool for enhancing posture and slimming the waist to a culturally dictated size that was deemed “appropriate”. Nowadays, they are primarily used as fashion accessories. I even have one myself that I was fitted for. Let me tell you, it is NOT easy wearing a fully laced up corset. You can’t sit comfortably, you certainly can’t eat as much as you normally do and you have to be careful about any strenuous activities because a corset does hamper your ability to breathe full breaths.

An old Corset advertisement. A child wearing a corset? Crazy!
An old Corset advertisement. A child wearing a corset? Crazy!

Health Concerns that Arise from Wearing a Corset

  • Although doctors advised women to abandon corsets in favor of their health, most women continued wearing them while taking prescriptions and concoctions to cure their ailments.
  • The ideal size was 16-17 inches so women would attain this measurement through tight-lacing to the point where their rib cage became deformed.
  • Lung capacity was reduced (only the top of the lungs could be filled with air) which was the primary reason for fainting (shallow salts were invented).
  • Reduced lung capacity: led to persistent coughing because shallow breathing allowed the bottom of the lungs to fill up with mucus. Doctors believed this was the cause of tuberculosis.
  • Organ deformation: severely compressed several organs such as the liver, stomach, bladder, and intestines which caused indigestion, heartburn, and constipation.
  • Women who wore corsets as children developed atrophy in their back muscles. Consequently, they couldn’t pick up heavy objects

Basically, what I’m saying is that corsets = female repression. That may sound ridiculous to some but it isn’t as ridiculous as you may think. Corsets were a way for women to look “more feminine”, not to mention they are painful and rather uncomfortable. I’ll never understand the mindset of someone like Kelly Lee DeKay, I have some respect for her for making a point of saying that she is proud of her body, proud of who she is and she does not recommend that everyone should do this. At the same time, isn’t there some degree of self-doubt involved when you want to modify your body so severely? I mean, I love comic books too but I have never looked at the women and thought, “Gee Whiz, I want to look like her!”, I have always been aware that those women are drawn to in-human specifications and should not be emulated.

My biggest worry is that other young girls will try to emulate her with disastrous results. Not to mention, it is a frustrating display of feminism. It is a slippery slope saying you are feminist, DeKay says all the right things, that’s she is proud of herself and does not expect others to duplicate what she has done, but at the same time, by doing it and by making money off of it, she is showing young girls who are hungry for fame and fortune, an “easy” way to make a name for themselves.

The dangers to the internal organs when corseting can be extremely unhealthy.
The dangers to the internal organs when corseting can be extremely unhealthy.

No matter what you think of corseting, my point here is that this type of extreme body modification doesn’t necessarily forward the female cause in the comic book world. I don’t think it drags it backwards, but it causes the cause to simply stand still. To me, standing still is pretty futile. We want to be seen as equals in the comic book world and to stop being seen as sexual objects or angry feminists.

What do YOU think about corseting? Good or Bad? Tell me in your comments!