In case you need a Christmas slurpee. #thenaughtylist #thecookieproject (at 7-Eleven)
In case you need a Christmas slurpee. #thenaughtylist #thecookieproject (at 7-Eleven)
Wisconsin Governor and purported human being Scott Walker actually sent out a fundraising letter asking parents to skip buying Christmas presents for their children and instead use the money for his re-election campaign.
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
No one should have to work on Christmas. There are exceptions that we all recognize: Police, Firefighters, ER Doctors — but Jack in the Box? K-mart? Starbucks? Is our need for a gingerbread latte really more important than allowing the barista to spend some time with his or her family?
We think it is not.
That’s why we are banding together to spread some holiday cheer. On Christmas Day, we will be traveling the city delivering Christmas cookies to people working crappy jobs that in a rational and kinder world should be at home with their families.
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So, in my art history class today, my professor was talking about something that is so fuckin awesome.
These are warrior shields from the Wahgi people of Papua New Guinea. The warriors paint them with imagery meant to symbolize animals who have traits they wish to embody in battle. These…
I’ve mooched quite a few pictures from free stock photo archives. So a few years ago, I decided to give back to the system and upload some of my own photos for others to share. A few weeks after I did this, I got an e-mail from a woman at EMI Music saying they were going to use one of my photos for a CD’s liner notes and asking how I would like to be credited. I said “John Marcotte” would be fine, and I asked what CD would my picture appear in. She immediately stopped responding to my e-mails and I never heard from her again.
I told my wife that I would probably end up with the inside photo for “Bitches and Hos 3.” We laughed and forgot all about it. A few weeks later, I was Googling myself (which is nowhere near as dirty as it sounds), and I found out that I was credited with interior photography on the CD “The Best of Snoop Dogg .” They used my picture of a “Beware of Dog” sign. I can’t say I’m the worlds’ largest rap fan, but I know who Snoop is and I like some of his crossover stuff, so this was a pleasant surprise.
We figured that EMI didn’t want to tell us it was Snoop because they were afraid I’d demand to get paid. I can see that. But all I would have asked for was a free CD, maybe an autograph if I could get it. For me, it’s enough that I can say that I worked with Grammy Award-winning artist Snoop Dogg on a best-selling album…
…at least that’s how I’m putting it on my resume.
Tweet of the day.
Instead of giving him the boot, DC should have put Greg Rucka in charge of developing every single female character.
In four panels he gives us a Lois Lane with more agency in her own life than she received in the first 60 years of her creation. I would read a book centered on this character with minimal Superman involvement.
Smart. Competent. Brave.
This is the standard that we should hold female characters in comics to.
My girls have really gotten into Teen Titans Go! recently. They love all the characters, but they particularly relate to Starfire with her sense of innocence and wonder. She shows them that a hero can remain pure of heart while still fighting for what she believes in.
I can’t wait until they are older and they can read the actual comics featuring Starfire, where … uh … um … nevermind.
Oh you mean where she grows into a strong, confident woman who knows exactly what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it? A woman who is independent, loyal, passionate? A woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes in? A woman who is first and foremost true to herself and doesn’t listen to the haters that want to put her in a box and censor her?
Yeah, I think your girls would benefit from a role model like that.
Traditionally, Starfire has been one of my favorite characters — for many of the reasons listed. So much so that I picked up the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, even though I don’t care much for Red Hood.
But I didn’t find much to like in the “new and improved” version of the character. There is a difference between a character who is liberated and in control of her sexuality and a character who is just there to fulfill the sexual fantasies of 12-year-old boys. In her current portrayal, Starfire definitely falls into the latter category, in my opinion.
She is introduced not as a character with her own opinions and feelings, but as a walking sex doll. Willing to have sex at the drop of a hat with a man she just met with no emotional attachment whatsoever.
The guys are just fine with this arrangement, and pass her back and forth like a sex charged football instead of either having a desire for any sort of emotional component to the relationship.
She is such a blank slate, she does not even remember her former lover and teammates on the Teen Titans.
Again, this doesn’t bother the guys, who enjoy casual, consequence free sex without a hint of emotional connection.
I compare that to her earlier characterization on the Titans, where she was shown as a sexually liberated woman, but one with feelings and desires of her own - not a sexbot.
She was sexy and sexual, but also cared about emotional love and had the respect of her teammates. Her proclivities towards casual sex were not exploited by every single male teammate without consequence.
Just my $0.02.
Let’s add $0.02 more then, eh? Because someone didn’t do all of their homework.
Starfire has selective amnesia, because her love of Dick and subsequent ending of their relationship was so strong and so painful it would have destroyed her. So no— she doesn’t remember, but it’s because she doesn’t want to. I can’t say that I would want to remember losing the love of my life either.
Let me ask you a thing— because I really don’t see you shaming Jason or Roy for letting Star bounce back and forth between them…nor do I see that you’ve noticed that she does say that she is free to be with whoever she chooses. So what if she doesn’t want to be tied down to one or the other? Or either of them for that matter?
What’s with the slut-shaming? If she wants to be with both of them, who cares? She is still doing what she wants and when.
Sure, the comics do tend to point it out a bit more than they should— but I blame the writers for that, Not Star’s character (which seems oddly contradictory, but think about it. It’s not her fault they want to bring it up alot.). Star as a character is still just as strong, independent, and no-nonsense as she was back when she was first introduced.
The woman kicks ass and would make a great role model for anyone.
If you picked up any hint that I thought Roy and Jason were blameless in this, you misread. I find their actions reprehensible, as they treat Starfire as less than a person. The only reason Starfire got more talking time is that she is who we are talking about.
Perhaps she has gotten better. I was turned off by her initial presentation to the point that I decided not to pursue the book any further, so that is possible. But I’m not going to be accused of “slut-shaming” for being embarrassed of this slop. This was just bad fan service for pubescent boys.
Starfire’s not a real person making real choices. She is a character being written by men and drawn by men; and not very well from the admittedly small sample I have seen.
Let’s see if I was off on my own. A sample of the reviews of the book and the character when it was launched:
"[Starfire] alone seems to have been completely rebooted for the relaunch. Lobdell’s decision to write her as being more cold and hostile is fine, but he does over-emphasize her sexuality a bit. Yes, Starfire is meant to be a sexually liberated character, but in a more positive way than shown here."
— Jesse Schedeen, IGN.com
"Juvenile treatment of sexual matters here renders one of the main characters into nothing more than a punchline, and in a book with only three characters, that’s unforgivable … [Starfire is a] perfect-10 love doll imaginary girlfriend"
—Mathew Peterson, MajorSpoilers.com
"[Lobdell] reduce(s) Princess Koriand’r… into essentially a highly advanced Real Doll…complete with installing a lack of memory of anything related to humanity. It seems as if Lobdell has taken great pains to strip all the emotional motivation behind Kori’s gregarious outlook and reduce her to nothing more than a sex vessel. It’s pretty insulting not only to women, but to male intelligence to boot. It makes you want to punch the entire comic book industry."
—Andrew Hunsaker, Craveonline.com
"It’s not about what Starfire wants. It’s about what straight male readers want. And they want to see Starfire with her clothes falling off. And hey, hey — there’s nothing wrong with that specifically, but let’s be honest about what’s happening and who we’re serving (or not serving) and at whose expense. And let’s be honest about the fact that this treatment happens almost exclusively to women, which is a huge part of what makes it so problematic.
Incidentally, while the Starfire here wants emotionless, casual sex with people whose names she can’t remember, that’s very much a departure from her previous incarnation, where she came from a culture that was primarily about love, not being available for joyless hookups with random dudes.”
—Laura Hudson, Comics Alliance
I like strong, sexually empowered female characters. I just don’t think Starfire fits the bill in her modern incarnation unless things drastically changed. They certainly did not start off well.
I am hoping we can have a discussion without resorting to angry words and name-calling. I do understand what you are saying, I just have a different opinion. To imply that I am OK with Roy and Jason’s behavior or that I am “slut shaming” Starfire because I think she is written poorly is not productive or supported by what I have said.