Teresa Jusino: Writer, producer, karaoke enthusiast. I tell the truth by making things up. I want to leave the world better than I found it. This is the Tumblr feed for my main blog, THE TERESA JUSINO EXPERIENCE (teresajusino.wordpress.com). Formerly, The Gender Blender. Don't worry - I still care about issues of gender, which is why I'm incorporating The Gender Blender into my main blog! :)Ask me anything Teresa Wants To Know!
A couple of linky-links you might find interesting:
The fabulous Jill Pantozzi hit the nail on the head in her assessment of the DC Comics Neilsen survey about the New 52 over at The Mary Sue. Check it out, and marvel (no pun intended) at the willful mediocrity.
The Daily Beast reports about Obama’s intelligent compromise between accessible birth control for women and the religious employers who would deny coverage of birth control to their employees.
Employers should have no say in an employees decision to have children. Period.
Someone call the whaaaaaaaaambulance. Karen Handel, after (thankfully) resigning from the Susan G. Komen foundation called Planned Parenthood a “gigantic bully” for starting a “campaign” that got people all riled up against Komen. (also from The Daily Beast)
I hate to break it to you, Ms. Handel. PP didn’t have to start a campaign. It’s just that a lot of people DISAGREE WITH YOU. Hopefully, now that you’ve got a freer schedule, you’ll be able to reflect on exactly how you went wrong and maybe do something about keeping your personal beliefs out of how you handle an organization’s money.
Cunning Minx sent me a really wonderful piece written by Laura Hudson over at Comics Alliance on the problem with the sexualization of Catwoman and Starfire in the New DCU.
Like Hudson, I am a huge fan of women who are presented as sexual creatures. Female characters who show that a woman shouldn’t be ashamed of her desires, or be thought of as a slut because she sleeps with many people.
However, also like Hudson, it frustrates me that in the issues introducing these two female characters, their sexuality is the first thing we’re supposed to know about them. Would they introduce Superman by showing us who he sleeps with? Or Batman? Or Green Lantern?
Now, I haven’t read either of the comics in question, but why INTRODUCE them that way in a #1 issue? Why relate to these characters through their sexuality FIRST? Why is it that that’s the thing that is most important to see? Sexual empowerment is great, but it’s only one aspect of any woman. I’m waiting for the day when women will be related to OTHER than sexually. Because no matter where you turn, it always seems that the things that are important about a woman in fiction are the things that relate to sex. It’s ridiculous. There’s more to us than our vaginas.
I love the second photo where they’re holding their hammers in the air! :) The girl on the right is SO channeling the power of Asgard! :)
If you are not following Girls Love Superheroes you are missing a daily dose of great positive images. I am so happy with the reception the site has gotten. Keep sending in photos!
Behold Thor! And Thor! From Scott Z.