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!
In a world where Chris Brown is allowed to beat his girlfriend, then continue to have a music career and be rewarded by the Grammys while receiving little to no criticism for his actions from his professional peers; in a world where women continue to not only be his fans, but tweet about how they would “totally let him beat them if he wanted to” because he’s soooo hot (Fact: actually, he’s not. Even before the violence, Rhianna could’ve done so much better.), I refuse to lose my faith in humanity and in our ability to figure out this gender balance business.
Because every time I see examples of why I shouldn’t have faith in the world, I see examples of why I should.
Take Paul Cornell, for instance. I’ve been a fan of his writing for a long time, in part, because he always writes his female characters with such respect. Because one of the characters he created was a female Muslim superhero. Because the girls he wrote for Young Avengers were way more interesting than the boys were. Because he’s currently writing a comic (due out next month) called Saucer Country, which has a Latina protagonist.
Now, he’s taking his respect for women and desire for gender parity in fandom one step further by putting his money where his mouth is with regard to convention panels. Check out his most recent blog post HERE.
As long as there are people, like Paul, who get it, how can I lose hope? As long as I know it isn’t just me, I know I can go on fighting. Until the world is a more balanced place.
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.