problems with genderbending
genderbending (or rule 63) has been pretty prevalent lately, especially since the introduction of the rules of /b/ which gave it a name, and as one might imagine when it comes to changing the presentation of other people, it’s highly predisposed to be problematic.
it doesn’t have to be, though.
here are the two main problems i’ve perceived with genderbending and the ways i feel you can avoid them.
I have no idea who most of the characters referenced here are, but the point is well made anyhow. I have a few notes to add, some general and some specific to my fandom.
If you are cis-swaping Two male characters because you are want more lead character female representation/Femslash because women are underrepresented great. If you are doing it because male homosexuality is gross but female homosexuality is hot, you might want to look at your motives again (especially if you identify as male)
Don’t forget that actual female characters DO exist, and lots of them are pretty cool.
Some characters have stories this is harder to do this with than others. If you want to make Steve Rogers a girl and you aren’t doing a 100% hard swap on all sexes and basically reversing the normal sex/gender pairing, you had better have a REALLY convincing story for how the US gov’t decided to test a super soldier serum on a girl, cause that would generally NOT be a thing that was done. (Truth: Red, White and Black has a good idea there)
A male and female super spy would have to work differently.
3490 is a conon thing, but a female Tony Stark would have a very different relationship to the business world and the press than the male one has (I’ve generally seen this one handled the best.)
What the hell is that fox doing?
probably making a withdrawal seeing as he’s in line at the atm
my favorite part about this picture is that people saw the fox there and just started queuing behind it
well yeah, cutting in line is rude
It’s a very British Fox, it saw a queue and got into it
1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.
2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.
3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.
4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.
5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.
6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.
7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.
8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.
9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.
10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.
"Pssst, spidey, what’d you get for number seven?"
"Dude, shut up! I don’t wanna get in trouble!"
"I got Waterloo."
“This is a math test!”
are we not going to talk about the fact that deadpool is writing with scissors
#STILL SCREAMING #because this was everything #EVERYTHING #melinda may walking away from her team and calling her /mom/ #who happens to be a retired secret agent #and that snark in the beginning #she may be actual adult agent melinda may but she will still say thank you to her mother thank you very much #and her mother being the first person to outwardly acknowledge may crumbling - ‘that bad huh?’ #because this is who she’s always been: brave and smart but also stubborn enough to walk miles and miles in the snow and wilderness #too stubborn to ask for help unless she really needs it #but they don’t linger on it - they get down to business like the badass agents that they are #what do you want to bet that they had a massive argument about may choosing shield over her mother’s agency #and her mom used her security clearance to vet melinda’s bosses and colleagues and mentees #has a certain fondness for maria in particular #because like melinda she’s bright and confident and takes no bullshit #things have probably been strained for years after bahrain #so when melinda calls and (finally) asks for help she comes to get her #gives her what she needs #gives her someone to trust #this is all so important to me #on a personal level: the joy luck club connection kills me #as does the fact that tsai chin also played cristina yang’s mom on grey’s #and just imagine melinda and cristina being siblings oh my gosh #aos spoilers #melinda may #mamma may
Most men simply hate men like me… yet you always treated me with respect, compassion. Why? Is it because… you’re one of us? Is it because, deep inside, under all that macho bravado you’re really a sorry excuse for a man… like me?
This is honestly one of the darkest moments in a Captain America comic book, to me. Mother Superior is controlling Arnie and making him sing this degrading, terrible song. And if you missed it, in the midst of it, she has him accuse Steve of being gay himself. The message is clear: How could you accept someone like him, someone abnormal and disgusting, unless you were one of them?
Now, here’s the thing, the fact that she accuses Steve of being gay means NOTHING to him because HE DOESN’T CARE. He says it right there, Arnie’s love with Michael is 100% equal to Steve’s love with Bernie. He doesn’t need to defend himself. “They’re the disease.” Hatred is the disease. The thing that spreads and infects and degrades is hatred.
The Red Skull cannot FATHOM that a man like Steve, blond, blue-eyed, Anglo-Saxon Steve, would willingly spend time with POC, and Jews, and gay people. (He is referencing specific people here, in order: Bernie, Arnie, Sam, Jack.) Because the Red Skull is infected with hate. It’s also in this issue that the Skull reveals that he had a childhood similar in some ways to Steve: lost both his parents, lived his life poor, beat up by those around him because he was small. The difference, though, is that the Skull chose hate. He chose hate, and anger, and evil. Steve chose love, and goodness, and compassion.
But here’s another thing: Ok, so Steve isn’t racist or homophobic or full of hatred, what does he want, a cookie? No, he doesn’t. Steve is angered by the suggestion that he does any of this for praise, or worship. Steve does the right thing because it is the right thing. And in fact, his friends do not exist in this arc just to be tokenized. While Steve is having this discussion with the Skull, Bernie, Sam, and Jack (and Arnie, but his mind has been tortured by Mother Superior’s tricks at this point) are finding a way out. They DON’T need Steve to come save them. Because unlike what the Skull thinks, they are, of course, their own people. They have autonomy and free will and the capability to work their way through situations. The Skull doesn’t see that, because to him, they are not human beings, they are not people. But the Captain America comic book is showing us that they are. They do not exist just in this white man’s world. They are free-thinking and capable individuals.
Captain America, at the end of the day, is about goodness and equality, justice and freedom, compassion and understanding. And Steve is a good person, but he doesn’t deserve extra for being a decent human being. He’s just doing what’s right.
Man, I am exhausted and sick right now, so I’m not sure I’m doing this justice, but you should totally read Cap v1 #295-300. Great issues. Not saying they’re problem-free, at the end of the day this is a comic book about a white man written by white men, but overall it’s a fantastic arc.
From Captain America #296 and 298
i just realized that maria hill reports directly to fury and natasha reports directly to fury and melinda may reports directly to fury and they’re the only ones we see regularly speaking to him
all three of director fury’s closest lieutenants are women how metal is that
Nick Fury knows what’s up.
This reminds me also of the fact that when TOny was Director of S.H.E.I.L.D. in the comics but was falling apart because Steve was dead and everyone hated him the three people who kept shit together and got shit done were Maria Hill, Natasha, and Pepper.
Someone called them Tony’s Furies. Fairly accurate. Seems to be a running thing “men in authority, women actually getting shit done”
im waiting for a book where the main character is just the friend of someone extraordinary.
like a book where everything is told from the view of someone not experiencing whats happening they just have an opinion of it
imagine thg through peetas…
Akira Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress is like this. The POV characters are just a couple of guys who only realize at the end that they’ve been running around with the rebel princess and her samurai bodyguard.
George Lucas actually based the two droids on these guys.
Sherlock Holmes. I believe you want the original Sherlock Holmes stories.
oh my godddddd there is a new swedish reality tv show where they are tracking down internet trolls and confronting them about the death threats they’ve sent to people, since it’s actually illegal.
watching them try to explain how it’s not them is the best entertainment i’ve ever seen.
this episode ended with them fining him 5000 SEK to be paid to the victim!
guess what America should do