Posts Tagged ‘X-Men’

Nitpicking 101 – The Unidirectional Sexism of Intergender Choking


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.

Rosetta Stone: Tamaranian Style


When it comes to teaching someone a new language, it always helps to have a good incentive.

I think Nightcrawler's on to something...

I think Nightcrawler’s on to something…

Today’s lesson in linguistics has been brought to you by Marvel and DC Present #1: The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans (1982) by Chris Claremont, Walter Simonson, and Terry Austin.

The Real (Doctor) McCoy


Can you base an entire comic book on a single punchline? Well, a lot of fans seem to think that this unlikeliest of crossovers only took place because somebody was itching to make the following joke.

It's almost like looking into a mirror, isn't it?

This case of mistaken identity has been brought to you by Star Trek/X-Men (December 1996) by Scott Lobdell, Mark Silvestri, David Finch, Billy Tan, Anthony Winn, Brian Ching, Batt, D-Tron, Aaron Sowd, Joe Weems, Victor Llamas, Team Tron, Jose Huillen, Viet Troung, and Mike Manczarek. (Whew!)

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