It’s bound to buy them controversy, but The Mary Sue has been establishing itself as more than a hotspot for geeky women to get their daily dose of squee. Addressing issues of media misogyny, education, and now: choice. Geeks are not a politically homogenous bunch, no matter what gender they are, we’re a microcosm of a larger society. Taking on an issue as volatile as choice is risky, for a relatively young site. It is, however: the right risk. Although the article remains objective in reporting the facts without espousing a particular view on choice itself, it does take on the misogyny of legislators to their peers and highlights the fact that the vast majority of people trying to dictate what anyone with a uterus or vagina does with their bodies, are people who don’t share the anatomy they’re trying to control.
Women are geeks, and we aren’t wilting flowers. Much the way Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher have become sources for actual news for a generation tired of the networks, geek media is poised to do the same for not only entertainment, but hard news: especially for young women. Being a geeky woman is itself, still a point of controversy. As DC’s Catwoman #0 cover and.the sexual violence-as-character development in the new Tomb Raider prove, we are often overlooked, dismissed or abused as an audience. And that’s not even counting the vitriol in comments. In the 21st century. Forget the flying cars, where is gender parity and equality? Reality, much as we’d like to ignore it, means that if you’re a geek with a vagina, we are a long way off from it being a non-issue. The fundamental right to bodily autonomy, self-determination, and sexual agency is one that politicians still feel they can ignore, as long as the people they are trying to strip those rights from, have vaginas. We have forced internal ultrasounds in Texas, rape jokes abound, and anyone who thinks being a geek site makes those things irrelevant probably also thinks that the gendering of toys is okay, too. I applaud themarysue.com for not taking the easy path, but genuinely addressing issues that affect (geeky) women. Now, if they start dealing with other intersections like PoC as geeks: I will die of squee. This is what my news needs are, and having them met, is a joy.
How do you keep your l'il fuzzy Dex-Starr cosplayer plushie looking his bluest? And will he be accompanying you to any conventions later in the year?
I actually haven’t felt the need to spruce him up since I first created him but he has faided a bit so it’s probably time. I originally used a blue highlighter to “paint” him. (Here’s the breakdown of the creation.) And yes, he most definitely will be coming with me to cons this year! Which reminds me, @_Dex_Starr has been quiet for a while. I should wake him up…
How does it feel to be every (comic-, but not necessarily limited to this kind, of course) nerds potentially perfect significant other?
Haha, I have no idea as I’ve never thought of myself that way. I get a lot of nice comments from guys and gals on occasion but I doubt I’m every nerds perfect girlfriend. And even if there’s folks out there who do think I’m perfect for them well…they haven’t seen what’s under my bed.
Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
Because on the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair
Of golden starlight in your eyes of blue stat is why all the girls in town follow you.
Fuck Marry Kill? The Doctor, Batman, Green Lantern
Oh my god, you devil! Ok, fuck Batman, because he’s totally not he commitment type, marry the Doctor so I can constantly be on adventures, and kill Green Lantern because you didn’t specify which and I’m going with Salaak because…stick in the mud.
I'm pretty sure my close friend is a misogynist asshole, how can I fix that?
Tell him/her that s/he is a misogynistic asshole. Seriously. Sometimes all it takes is a metaphorical smack in the face because there are people who just don’t know. If all else fails, send that person to TheMarySue.com!
I read your article on Newsarama about leaving and at the end you said something about feeling like you've done your job if you got even one person to read comics. I just wanted to let you know that you are one of the main reason I decided to throw myself into comics. I had read graphic novels before (Persepolis, Maus, etc) but never serialized comics. Now I'm in my LCS every Wednesday. So job well done, and thank you thank you thank you.
Um…tear…seriously…tear. Thank you so much for saying so and I’m beyond thrilled to hear you’re in a shop every wednesday now. Heart swelling as we speak.
This is a deep question. What is bat? Bat is many things. Bat is a creature many are obsessed with. Much like Batman. For the real answer I suggest you input your question in google. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to input “bat” into Etsy and see what I find.
“Some girls look that way” is one of the dumbest red herrings in these lines of debate. Of COURSE some girls have large breasts! Hell, Amber does, the girl in this very strip. The problem is ALL girls in comics tend to have large breasts, if not the same physique all around. Yes, guys can find girls with smaller breasts more attractive, but those guys apparently aren’t drawing comics, or feel moved to conform.
For the thirty-billionth time, the physique of women in comics is only one small part of the perceived problem. The rest is presentation. Guys in comics don’t pose with their asses cocked pointing towards the ceiling. The “cameras” aren’t pointed on guys in comics to accentuate their sexual characteristics. Guys are drawn to look powerful, girls are drawn to be eye candy. And this off-kilter balance is SO PERVASIVE in our society that most people don’t even notice. Many folks assume girls actually stand with one hip out to the side all the time, in real life. (Hint: They don’t.)
But that’s an aspect of media that’s hard to argue against, so of course people who feel uncomfortable being told media representations in comic books tend to be inherently sexist flock to the “but some girls have big boobs!” distraction.
”—David Willis, the creator of Shortpacked on how “Dudes just can’t stop missing the point, ever.” Quoted for truth.
“There isn’t a single logically valid nonreligious argument against gay marriage. And if the only argument against it is that one religion finds it offensive, then in the United States, that counts the same as having no argument at all.”—Barrett Garese (via geekyjessica)
But don't you think that's just as big a problem? You didn't have to derail your point, I mean even a passing mention would have been fine. You write an amazing column and it feels like you could have brought attention to that really disgusting, equally problematic issue as well.
It just didn’t enter into my mind. I went into the column with the intent on writing about women and The Avengers film. I was just focused on that.