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About that post on The Mary Sue…

I came to realize a while ago The Mary Sue is held to a very high standard. Both in terms of how we cover things and present ourselves but also in the eyes of our readers. I also came to realize once becoming the Editor in Chief that those standards were daunting and incredibly difficult to live up to. It’s hard for me as EiC and even harder for me as an individual.

I know the majority of our readers don’t understand what goes on day-to-day at TMS and sometimes there are misunderstandings about what is achievable/possible from us. But I wanted to apologize for letting a lot of our readers down recently in not keeping with our core values and mission statement.

I also want to say how very sorry I am there’s been no official mention of the concerns on our website or social media account. 

This is all I can say, and I know it won’t be nearly adequate for a lot of people and I totally understand and respect that, but I just wanted you all to know TMS staff have read and discussed every single one of your comments, tweets, emails, etc. We hear you and will strive to do better in the future.

We are always looking for diverse contributors. Information on how to apply can be found on our website.





how do they even survive in the wild?

What you don’t realize is that little red panda just decided not to utilize its ultimate power of making the scary red panda face of doom. It had sensed what it thought was a predator, so it assumed the position, but stopped just after the 2nd motion of rasing its hands up… If you notice it concedes, and mouths “heeeeeey…” This is clearly in recognition of the approaching individual not being a threat.

Red pandas in the wild survive. Trust. You are just too cute for it to want to kill you with its red panda face of doom. Fact.

I’d like science to explain how red pandas are even real. Thank you.

News broke yesterday that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence had been “leaked” online. The truth is they were stolen. They were hacked from her personal technology. They were posted online without her consent. This is a crime. And possibly worst of all, this is something women are supposed to expect… We live in a society where women’s bodies are a commodity to be sold, whether they agree to it or not. And some of the same people who complain about the NSA or Facebook invading their personal privacy will be the same people searching and spreading around these photos.
Large-Scale Hack Lands Stolen Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence & Other Celebrities Online | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)
Manara also touches on the “men and women are depicted unrealistically in comics” argument. Those with a modicum of art knowledge knows male comic book characters are depicted as a male power fantasy and female characters as a sexual fantasy. It’s why the “look, Spider-Man is drawn like that too!” argument holds no water. One is to show a strong man, in action, being dominant while the other is to show a women objectified, existing solely to appeal to the baser senses. It’s about intent, presentation, and context.

Spider-Woman Cover Artist Milo Manara & Writer Dennis Hopeless Respond To Online Discussion | The Mary Sue

Do people keep linking you to a side-by-side of that J. Scott Cambell Spider-Man cover & Milo Manara Spider-Woman, convinced they’re the same thing? Here’s something to link back to them. Also, this comic strip describing “false-equivalence.”

(via themarysue)

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