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.

Gastronomical Anomalies – Part 5

2016/03/02

Great power and great table manners don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

Well, we can add "super-obnoxiousness", "super-gluttony", and "super-burping" to Superman's list of lesser-known superpowers.

Well, we can add “super-obnoxiousness”, “super-gluttony”, and “super-burping” to the list of Superman’s lesser-known superpowers.

Today’s dinnertime disaster has been brought to you by Action Comics #266 (July 1960) by Jerry Siegel, Wayne Boring, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, and Stan Kaye.

Robosexuality – Part 15

2016/02/27

The woman may be artificial, but the sting of rejection is real.

That sounds less like a turnoff and more like a challenge to me. ^_^;

That sounds less like a turnoff and more like a challenge to me. ^_^;

Today’s glimpse into the robotic dating scene has been brought to you by Astro City: Beautie #1 (April 2008) by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross.

Comic Book Sexual Innuendo – Part 37

2016/02/23

One of these things is not like the others.

Maybe Fredric Wertham was on to something after all...

Maybe Fredric Wertham was on to something after all…

Today’s slip of the tongue comes to you from the pages of Justice League of America #44 (May 1966) by Gardner F. Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Frank Giacoia.

Pop Culture Within Pop Culture – Part 2

2016/02/19

Note to self: Keep Brainiac 5 away from dead bodies in the future.

And people complain about "The Catcher in the Rye" being a bad influence...

And people complain about “The Catcher in the Rye” being a bad influence…

This disturbing revelation has been brought to you by Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4 (June 2009) by Geoff Johns, George Pérez, and Scott Koblish.

Paw in the Cookie Jar

2016/02/15

Remember: If you’re ever caught stealing office supplies, it’s important to act natural and quickly change the subject so the whole thing’ll blow over really fast.

Awkwardness averted. :)

Awkwardness averted.🙂

Today’s theft prevention lesson has been sponsored by Captain Marvel #1 (January 2016) by Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kris Anka, Mark Bagley, Drew Henessy, Adam Hughes, Frank Martin, and Marguerite Sauvage.

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).

Reasonable Accommodation

2016/02/11

Let it never be said that the Punisher‘s inconsiderate of the needs of others.

Yeesh, make up your mind, dude, he hasn't got all day.

Yeesh, make up your mind, dude, he hasn’t got all day.

This humble request has been brought to you by The Punisher #1 (April 2000) by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Supereconomics – Part 12

2016/02/07

Remember when Wonder Woman committed identity theft in order to become an American citizen? Because I sure do.

I'm pretty sure that's a felony. :O

I’m pretty sure that’s a felony.:/

This glimpse into one Amazon’s life of crime comes to you courtesy of 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.

UPDATE (2016.07.31.): James Daily of the comic book legal blog Law and the Multiverse has classified this transaction as “pretty illegal”. You can read more about his thoughts on this here.

Pop Culture Within Pop Culture – Part 1

2016/02/03

Alfred Pennyworth‘s acquainted with the classics. All of the classics.

And here I thought being able to tie a bow tie backwards, without looking, while driving a limo was impressive. :)

And here I thought being able to tie a bow tie backwards, without looking, while driving a limo was impressive.🙂

Today’s theatrical performance has been sponsored by Batman and Robin #20 (April 2011) by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Mick Gray.


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