Nitpicking 101 – The Unidirectional Sexism of Intergender Choking

2016/06/06

I generally try and avoid political commentary on this blog, but this is one of those rare occasions so facepalm-worthy that I feel the need to break that tradition.

A few days ago, Rose McGowan and the political correctness brigade began raising a stink about a billboard advertising the recently released movie X-Men: Apocalypse, where the eponymous villain is seen strangling Mystique.

"Rambling Reporter" indeed.

“Rambling Reporter” indeed.

The inevitable result of this brouhaha, following amplification by an enablist mainstream media whose representatives had nothing better to do that day, was a swift apology by 20th Century Fox and appeasement of the lunatic moralist pounding on their proverbial door.

Maybe Magneto was right about the human race. :/

Maybe Magneto was right about the human race.:/

So, what can we learn from all this? Well, ignoring the fact that choking has a fine tradition of usage by movie villains to illustrate just how gosh darn evil they are…

Don't think of it as "choking"; think of it as "throat hugging".

Don’t think of it as “choking”; think of it as “throat hugging”.

…the take home lesson from all this is whether or not intergender choking is sexist and promotes or normalizes gendered violence is entirely dependent upon the sexes of the choker and the chokee. How did I arrive at this conclusion? Simple.

And this isn't even all of them.

And this isn’t even all of them.

Mystique’s been choking male victims with her hands, feet, and legs in X-Men movies for 16 years now, and no one’s ever complained about that. Hell, the power dynamic’s even the same in both situations, as Mystique’s as far above ordinary humans as Apocalypse is above her.

The critics are right about one thing, though: someone is being sexist here.

It just doesn’t happen to be the people they think.

Flowers, Chocolate, and the Apocalypse

2016/02/14

For everyone else reading this that’s alone this Valentine’s Day like me…this one’s for you.😛

Being alone on Valentine's Day isn't the end of the world...oh, wait. :(

Being alone on Valentine’s Day isn’t the end of the world…oh, wait.😦

This public service message has been brought to you by Ghostbusters II (1989).

Questionable Parenting Skills – Part 4

2016/01/30

You know, given how accident prone Arthur Curry was as a kid combined with how incompetent his parents were, I’m surprised that he lived to see four.

Yeah, he's safe...no thanks to you two. :P

Yeah, he’s safe…no thanks to you two.😛

These childhood-issues-to-come have been brought to you by Adventure Comics #260 (May 1959) by Robert Bernstein, Jerry Coleman, Lee Elias, Ramona Fradon, Stan Kaye, John Sikela, and Kurt Swan.

Supereconomics – Part 11

2016/01/26

Man, petty crime in Gotham City is petty.

Don't forget to steal his lunch money, too.

Don’t forget to steal his lunch money, too.

This shakedown has been brought to you by Batman #213 (July-August 1969) by E. Nelson Bridwell, Don Cameron, Bill Finger, David Vern Reed, Ross Andru, Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff, Jim Mooney, Win Mortimer, Lew Sayre Schwartz, Mark Esposito, Charles Paris, Jerry Robinson, and George Roussos.

Questionable Parenting Skills – Part 3

2016/01/22

If you thought parental pressure on regular children to succeed was bad, it’s infinitely worse when your kids have superpowers.

It's not child abuse, it's super child abuse.

It’s not child abuse, it’s super child abuse.

Today’s example of extreme parenting comes to you courtesy of Adventure Comics #260 (May 1959) by Robert Bernstein, Jerry Coleman, Lee Elias, Ramona Fradon, Stan Kaye, John Sikela, and Kurt Swan.

Supereconomics – Part 10

2016/01/18

It says something when, almost immediately after arriving in Man’s World, you decide to embrace capitalism and turn yourself into a sideshow attraction.

WARNING: Audience members in first three rows may be hit by ricocheting bullets.

WARNING: Audience members in first three rows may be hit by ricocheting bullets.

This glimpse into Wonder Woman‘s employment history has been brought to you by DC Special Series #19: Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Fall 1979) by Robert Bernstein, Otto Binder, E. Nelson Bridwell, Cary Burkett, John Broome, Gardner F. Fox, Edmond Hamilton, Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru, Jose Delbo, Ramona Fradon, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Al Plastino, Dick Sprang, George Tuska, Vince Colletta, Mike Esposito, Joe Giella, and Stan Kaye.

What the Falk?

2016/01/14

I guess “The Copyright Infringement Who Walks” didn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Today’s trademark violation comes to you courtesy of Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942) by Bill Finger, Gardner F. Fox, William Moulton Marston, Sheldon Moldoff, Charles Reizenstein, Jon L. Blummer, Irwin Hasen, Everett E. Hibbard, Harry G. Peter, and Howard Purcell.

Final Destination…Yawn.

2016/01/10

Someone’s taking being bored to death just a bit too far.

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Yeesh, talk about being a victim of your own success.

This public service announcement has been brought to you by Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942) by Bill Finger, Gardner F. Fox, William Moulton Marston, Sheldon Moldoff, Charles Reizenstein, Jon L. Blummer, Irwin Hasen, Everett E. Hibbard, Harry G. Peter, and Howard Purcell.

It Came From The Toy Chest – Part 7

2016/01/06

You know the Law of the Toy Chest: Two girls enter, one girl leaves.😛

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ファイト! ファイト! ファイト!

Today’s models are Figma Sakura Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura) by Max Factory and Sailor Chibi Moon by S.H. Figurarts.

Monkey Business As Usual

2016/01/02

When your parents run in some of the weirder circles of the DC Universe, it takes a lot to faze you…even as a kid.

Man, kids just get cynical and jaded at younger and younger ages these days.

Man, kids just get cynical and jaded at younger and younger ages these days.

Today’s fateful encounter has been brought to you by Angel and the Ape #1 (March 1991) by Phil Foglio and Keith Wilson. Happy Year of the Monkey everyone!:)


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