8.26.2015

Black Girls' Night Out: Vixen

When I heard that Vixen was getting her very own show, I was excited.  A black superheroine getting her own show?  On The CW no less?  Score!  I was a little put off by the fact that it was going to be a cartoon airing only on the network’s online platform, but I gamely pushed aside my misgivings.

 But then I learned it was only going to be six episodes.  I wasn’t thrilled about it, but okay.  The network wanted it to run up until The Flash and Arrow premieres since they all share the same universe and Vixen is being used to introduce magic into that ‘verse.  So fine…six episodes it is.  And then I learned about a day or so before the August 25th series premiere that the show was going to be one 30 minute long episode broken up into six, five minute episodes. 

To say I was highly disappointed is an understatement.  While I’m glad Vixen got her own show, I think she deserves better than that.  And that feeling only solidified after I watched the first episode.  It was extremely short, clocking in at only four minutes and nineteen seconds, including the opening and ending credits.  I barely got time to get into it before it was over.

8.22.2015

NYT Apologizes for Using the Term "Slave Mistress"

 Via New York Times:
There’s no question that Times editors heard readers’ voices loud and clear. Retiring this phrase and expressing regret about using it has nothing to do with political correctness. It’s about recognizing the history of slavery in America, at a time when race is at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness. Language matters. This is the right call.
They shouldn't have used that phrase to describe Julian Bond's great-grandmother in the first place.  It's hard to believe that professional, thinking people would've given the go ahead to publish it at all.

That's why it's imperative to have a diverse pool of employees who can provide perspectives from different cultural experiences.  They'd be able to tell editors that things like this aren't a good idea before they're even published.  Then they wouldn't have to keep apologizing after the fact.

But only after they get called out.  Let none of us forget that part.

8.14.2015

Hook-Up Culture: Yet Another Backlash Against Female Choice

See Also

Pornification of Women via Clothing Options
Mirror, Mirror
 
So a reader from my "Bar" sent me this Vanity Fair exposé on Tinder and hook-up culture in general.  It's nothing shocking; a bunch of young, white-minded heteros in the big city are having a lot of sex in which the women are disposable, never sexually fulfilled, and sometimes physically injured because young men simply want to find a warm hole to stick their dicks into.  These young men - and I'm using the term "men" loosely here - concur that romance is dead, and like always, insist that women are the ones killed it.

As if all straight/bi men are just dying to treat women's bodies with respect, are happy to wait at least few months before having sex, and are eager to settle down and build a healthy, egalitarian long-term relationship...if only women would just let them.
It seems like the girls don’t have any control over the situation, and it should not be like that at all,” Fallon says.

It’s a contest to see who cares less, and guys win a lot at caring less,” Amanda says.

“Sex should stem from emotional intimacy, and it’s the opposite with us right now, and I think it really is kind of destroying females’ self-images,” says Fallon.

“It’s body first, personality second,” says Stephanie.

Honestly, I feel like the body doesn’t even matter to them as long as you’re willing,” says Reese. “It’s that bad.”

But if you say any of this out loud, it’s like you’re weak, you’re not independent, you somehow missed the whole memo about third-wave feminism,” says Amanda.
We'll start here.

8.11.2015

Maybe they'll get things right this time...? #MinorityReport

So I've corrected the link for Fangirl Uprising up top.  And while browsing the new site, I found this:


When you factor in the promotional bullshit from Meagan Good's last train wreck...



...Minority Report suddenly seems (slightly) less of a waste of time.

8.03.2015

Yeah...We Kinda Knew That (#BlackDontCrack)

As some of you know by now, Olay sponsored a Harvard-conducted study which proved something POC knew all along.  Their findings concluded that Black women age about 10 years more slowly than Caucasian women.  And aside from the Daily Mail in the UK, not a whole lot of mainstream sites are eager to broadcast this.

Anyways...cue our lack of surprise.....

Bianca Lawson, aged 36
Naomie Harris, aged 38

8.02.2015

Comic Book Sisters: Dee of Rat Queens

*crossposted on Musings in the Dark*


My summer of comic books continues with Rat Queens.  Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and illustrated by Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic, Rat Queens follows the adventures of four female mercenaries who are tasked with ridding their city of supernatural creatures and fall prey to malicious malevolence.  There are two volumes currently available from Image Comics, which I picked up on Amazon.  The first volume, Sass & Sorcery, introduce us to the Queens: Hannah, an elf; Betty, a “smidgen” (little person), Violet, a dwarf, and Dee, a human.  You already know the reason why I’m even bothering to read the series and report on it: Dee.