the struggle between “i’m too lazy to shave my legs plus it’s a nice fuck you to gender expectations” and “i want legs as smooth as baby dolphins” is so real
I’m gonna write a thing about Rick Remender. None of the parties involved will likely ever see this, and my voice will likely never be added to the discussion, but I’m gonna do it anyway,because I feel like I have to.
I’m a straight white dude. I pretty much am the core audience of writers like Remender. It’s people like me that have been sending rape threats and horrific abuse to the women that are speaking out about Captain America #22, and that makes me embarrassed, ashamed, and angry.
I’m not going to lie, I haven’t read Captain America #22. I stopped reading the series around issue 12, because it was fucking dire, but that’s a separate matter entirely. I’m sure people like Tom Breevort would dismiss my opinion, because I haven’t read it, but I don’t want to comment in the content of the issue itself. It’s about the reaction for me. As far as I’m concerned, if you’ve written something that has come across like rape/paedophillia/misogyny/whatever you want to apply to the book, then you’ve done something wrong. It doesn’t matter if that was the intention or not, but somewhere down the line something has gone wrong.
On a simple level, that’s just bad writing. Remender completely failed to articulate something pretty major that resulted in this outrage. That’s bad, but it’s not a huge issue in itself. Writers have bad days, they hand in bad scripts, it happens. The problem I have with this whole thing is the reactions that sprung up after it. Other creators defending Remender, and worst of all, belittling the genuine reactions of the people affected by it.
Regardless of whether the scene really was rape, regardless of what Remender intended, if victims of rape or child abuse are reading it and finding themselves negatively affected by it, it’s a serious problem. A serious problem that should not be waved away with a ‘well it wasn’t meant to be like that’. I’m not a victim of rape or child abuse, and I am offended by the implication a lot of people I look up to and genuinely respect are making - that the things raised by these people are insignificant and not important. People were hurt by what happened in Remender’s book, they’re hurt by similar things that have, are, and will continue to happen in other comic books, and they’re hurt by the seeming desire of the (predominantly) male creators to sweep it under the rug. Like the opinions, feelings and reactions of the people that took offense to it doesn’t matter.
Like the things said by victims of sexual abuse, and abuse of all forms, don’t matter. If that isn’t rape culture, I don’t know what is. I feel very dirty for being a white male comic book fan right now. Discussions like this one have to happen if comic books, if nerd/geek culture in general, is ever going to move away from being a boy’s club. And the sooner that happens, the better. I’ll do everything I can to speed that up. I just wish the other people in my privileged position would too.
Hobby Lobby is a corporation. Corporations get certain benefits that people don’t: tax breaks, protection from criminal charges being filed, etc.
If Hobby Lobby would like to be a PERSON WITH RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, then Hobby Lobby should not get the protection of a corporation.
If Hobby Lobby had the courage of their religious convictions, they would not:
- Purchase products from China, which has an egregious policy of forced abortions;
- invest in companies that make the morning after pill, among other medications, that Hobby Lobby wants to forbid their employees from accessing.
If you are a human in the United States, it should not be up to your boss to decide what medicine is appropriate for you to take. It should be up to your doctor. Yes, and insurance company could deny you, but YOUR BOSS SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH CARE.
Hobby Lobby is totes cool with vasectomies and erectile dysfunction drugs.
One of the points people up is that Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to cover the Morning After Pill because it’s abortion. Except that the Morning After Pill ISN’T ABORTION. The Morning After Pill delays or inhibits ovulation. IT PREVENTS PREGNANCY. This is science. But maybe you think gravity is a myth, too.
Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses* traditionally do not believe in medicine. So I imagine you ‘re okay with a business run by someone who practices these faiths to not cover your mom’s chemo, or your diabetes medication, or a blood transfusion for your child. (*Edited to add: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in medicine, just not blood transfusions. Thanks to annelangston for the clarification.)
Point six: (bonus round!)
I appreciate that you are so confident of your convictions that you are willing to put your name on your…oh wait. You’re anonymous.
#DrHobbyLobby prescribes taking up cross-stitch. May I recommend this one?
she could have stopped at point 1, really. the est is just icing, sprinkles, and a candle.
especially sprinkles and candle
psa: marvel comic book jewelry!
Sooooo I am coming to a month where I owe both my car registration AND inspection on top of all my other bills and it’s just a bit much so I am trying to supplement my income!
That said I am still making/selling marvel comic book jewelry. If you like what you see pleaaaase reblog this for others too, I would love you forever!