Archive for the ‘Marvel Comics’ Category

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.

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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.

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.

The Lunar Archivist’s Sketchbook – Part 37

2015/10/10

Neither as painful as the George Lucas movie nor will it burn going down: all today’s offering is is a moody sketch of Howard the Duck by Gabriel Morrisette.

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Comic Book Sexual Innuendo – Part 36

2015/09/20

You know, it never really occurred to how…inappropriate…superhero and supervillain battles could be until just now.

HEY! I'll have you know that Miley Cyrus is known to wear way less than that! :P

HEY! I’ll have you know that Miley Cyrus is known to wear way less than that! ^_^;

Today’s kinky costume time has been brought to you by The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (June 2014) by Joe Caramagna, Peter David, Christos Gage, Dan Slott, Charles Soule, Chris Yost, David Baldeon, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Chris Eliopoulos, Marte Gracia, Joe Madureira, Marcos Martin, Ed McGuinness, Pop Mhan, Jerome Opeña, Humberto Ramos, Jaview Rodriguez, Alex Ross, Will Sliney, Skottie Young, John Dell, Alvaro Lopez, Victor Olazaba, Ramón Pérez, Cam Smith, and Jordi Tarragona.

Unanswerable Questions Answered – Part 3

2015/04/01

While watching CinemaSins’ “Everything Wrong With Guardians of the Galaxy” video a while back…


…I found myself pondering one of their humorous nitpicks way more than I should’ve.

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So imagine my surprise when this happened (and on April Fools’ Day, no less):

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So, there you have it! The movie’s director, James Gunn, has officially confirmed that Drax the Destroyer is indeed sharpening his knife to the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back. It’s canon now, baby! 😀

Decreased Workload

2015/03/04

Isn’t it annoying when the local government comes this close to putting you out of a job?

Meh, you can't please everyone.

Meh, you can’t please everyone.

This disgruntled public service message has been sponsored by The Punisher #5 (August 2000) by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Bear? Knuckles.

2015/02/24

The Punisher knows how to bring out the worst in everyone.

Frank Castle doesn't do cute and cuddly.

Frank Castle doesn’t do cute.

Today’s example of animal abuse comes to your courtesy of The Punisher #4 (July 2000) by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, and Jimmy Palmiotti.

The Power of Belief

2014/11/12

It’s always good to believe in something bigger than yourself.…

Do you believe you can fly, Cardinal? :P

Do you believe you can fly, Cardinal? 😛

This crisis of faith was brought about by Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (September 2008) by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Clint Langley, Paul Pelletier, and Rick Magyar.

The Weird Wide Web – Part 6

2014/09/01

You’re about to witness the most egregious misuse of hashtags since Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines music video.

Well...maybe you got lucky and it only made the rounds on Tumblr? ^_^;

Well…maybe you got lucky and it only made the rounds on Tumblr? ^_^;

This horrible moment in social media has been brought to you by The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (June 2014) by Joe Caramagna, Peter David, Christos Gage, Dan Slott, Charles Soule, Chris Yost, David Baldeon, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Chris Eliopoulos, Marte Gracia, Joe Madureira, Marcos Martin, Ed McGuinness, Pop Mhan, Jerome Opeña, Humberto Ramos, Jaview Rodriguez, Alex Ross, Will Sliney, Skottie Young, John Dell, Alvaro Lopez, Victor Olazaba, Ramón Pérez, Cam Smith, and Jordi Tarragona.


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