Monday, September 1, 2014

tzitzimine said: Have you read Red Hood & the Outlaws? Lobdell gets Jason and is working to make him more than just a plot device and is giving him tons of character development.



oh boy. okay so i knew somebody would eventually ask this. do i read red hood & the outlaws… the answer is yes. kind of. occasionally, when i can stand it, but generally even then it’s under extreme duress and i’ll tell you why.

i think red hood & the outlaws is conceptually brilliant. i love it, as a concept. it’s the kind of story i always wanted for jason, it’s the story i always wanted for him.

but scott lobdell is the problem. you know why? because scott lobdell is a fucking sexist tool — possibly one of the biggest misogynists currently on dc’s payroll — and that leaves a pall over the entire series that i cannot in good conscience ignore. rocafort’s art can sometimes make up for it, but only so much. lobdell is awful. he’s an awful, awful human being, and that’s what fucks up red hood & the outlaws.

like, i don’t deny that there are some really great moments in outlaws — there are. jason is generally funny and smart and able. he’s well-characterized…mostly.

but, see, i don’t think it’s a mistake that fandom has accepted jason todd as a protector and defender of women, neuroatypical people, and queer people. i don’t think it’s a mistake that we think of him as one of us. jason was raised by sex workers and there’s a lot of canon evidence suggesting he may have at one point been sexually abused or forced into sex work as a child himself. when asked in an interview if jason was bisexual, judd widick said, and i quote:

I’m totally dodging the question. This is me ducking the question. There’s things we can talk about and there’s things we can’t talk about, there’s things that DC Comics doesn’t like me talking about and they don’t like us talking about things like that, so I don’t want to answer that, thank you. 

in case you’ve never been involved in a creative industry like i am, that’s a yes. that is a very strong yes.

so essentially with jason we essentially have a pro-women, bisexual, neuroatypical character, that dc doesn’t want to characterize as pro-women, bisexual, or neuroatypical. and i don’t think that could be proven any more strongly than by the fact that scott fucking lobdell is still in charge of writing red hood & the outlaws. 

scott lobdell is an asshole, and it shows. it shows in his sexist handling of koriand’r. it shows in his completely ooc interpretation of some of the shit that goes on between jason and other members of the batfamily. it shows up by means of casual bigotry: fat shaming; slut shaming; faux-feminism; etc. scott lobdell is a friend only to white cismale hetero manchildren like himself, and as a reader, you’re constantly assaulted by it with moments that are totally jarring, ooc, flat offensive, or just generally revealing of an appalling lack of knowledge about the personalities/motivations/beliefs of major characters. there are so many good moments in red hood & the outlaws, but they’re the exception to the rule.

and the rule is: scott lobdell is a bigoted fucking tool, and by extension cannot possibly be trusted to do well by a character as intersectionally un-bigoted as jason todd. 

(this post has been brought to you in part with help from mochalatt3, cornflakepizza, and calamitylena)

THIS POST IS GOLD, and I’d also like to add: RHATO has also had instances of being racist and transphobic.

Susie Su is a transmysogynist caricature of a trans woman — indeed, so grossly distorted that I couldn’t even recognize that Lobdell was mocking trans ladies until it was pointed out to me later. And of course her depiction was also fatphobic as hell and had Jason saying horrible things about her weight. 

In the very first issue, Roy goes to help a Middle Eastern country whose people are trying to throw off a brutal dictator, only to claim that “turns out — surprise, surprise — that the people turned out to be just as bad.” Describing an entire nation of people in the midst of fighting against injustice being done as horrible and “just as bad” as a dictator and oppressive government is insensitive and tone deaf and speaks to the way people who aren’t of white European descent are Othered and portrayed as savages.

Not to mention, shut the FUCK up Roy, nobody asked for your pasty ass to jump into a conflict you had nothing to do with and obviously don’t understand the complexities of. Are we supposed to be shocked that the local people imprisoned him? Apparently so, and also disgusted by those scary brown savages who are just as bad as their oppressors. Like, the entire message of that opening scene (helpfully reiterated by Jason) is that man, those brown people are really fucked up, there’s no point in trying to help them in any way because they’re all savages, and they pretty much deserve their mistreatment and should be ignored by the West.

And then Kory — referred to solely as a “pair of 38s” by both Jason and Roy (in reference to her breasts), someone who Roy wants to fuck, and someone who Jason has already fucked ayyy lmao — flies in and incinerates all of the nearby freedom fighters, leaving a gigantic pile of charred brown bodies in their wake.

(BTW, re: Jason being raised by sex workers — unless I’m forgetting something [which could be very possible] I wouldn’t say he was raised by them so much that as he encountered them while a baby Robin and was kind in his interactions with them, as well as explicitly taught to respect them by Bruce. Jason pretty clearly respects people with that occupation and feels especially incensed about human trafficking, underage sex work, and other forms of non-consensual sexual slavery — in my opinion, even more so than most people are (edit: updated post). And of course Jason also has a history of beating up shitheads who use misogynistic and homophobic slurs. So yeah, people who turn Jason into a sexist cishet dudebro can go stuff it.)

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Abraham Lincoln



RDJ showing off his hamster (x)

"See, it’s not exactly a challenge, Chris, being sexy when you’re a million feet tall and built like a Greek statue."

"Uh. Thank you? I think?"

"Try being short and furry and wearing a hamster shirt and if you’re still the sexiest bomb-ass out there, you know you’re doing all right."

"Wait, are you saying you wore the hamster shirt as some kind of personal challenge?"

"The only good challenge is a personal challenge, Chris."

"You confuse me."

"Sexually? It’s the shirt."

[RDJ Advises Chris Evans On His Life Choices]

(Thanks dbvictoria for the link!)

(Source: letsgetdowney)

It is not the responsibility of our female population to take “ X” number of steps to lessen the chance that a member of our male population will engage in untoward conduct towards them, be it assault or street harassment. As a society, we deal with violence, especially sexual violence, against women in much the wrongheaded manner that we have fought the war on drugs. We focus on the supply-side, with an emphasis on the things that women must do to “stay safe” instead of focusing on lessening mens’ “demand” to view women as purely a disposable commodity. In short, we emphasize how women can prevent being assaulted instead of telling men and boys not to assault women in the first place. Instead of condemning those who would steal the private photographs and publish them online for all to see, we condemn or belittle the women who chose to create said private photographs in the first place. Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Winstead, and the like have absolutely nothing to apologize for. They have not been scandalized, but rather victimized. Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime. (via brutereason)
The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)

When Whites Just Don’t Get It / NYT

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The ‘economy’ of tumblr amuses me constantly- especially when a long dead post zombies back to life. (Mostly when it’s a piece I love because it’s great seeing all the new comments and tags.)

I feel like this post deserved approximately nine billion reblogs. 



The ‘economy’ of tumblr amuses me constantly- especially when a long dead post zombies back to life. (Mostly when it’s a piece I love because it’s great seeing all the new comments and tags.)

I feel like this post deserved approximately nine billion reblogs. 

Florence Nightingale was never called “The Lady with the Lamp” but ”The Lady with the Hammer”, an image deftly readjusted by the war reporter of the Times since it was far too coarse for the folks back home. Far from gliding about the hospital with her lamp aloft, Nightingale earned her nickname through a ferocious attack on a locked storeroom when a military commander refused to give her the medical supplies she needed.

"Who cooked the Last Supper?: The Women’s History of the World"- Rosalind Miles (via fyeahnursingthings)

Fuck, now I really want some fanart. Think of all the passive, prim-looking, saintly portraits we’ve seen of Florence Nightingale! I want to see her with a hammer.

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Post racial Amerikkka

I’m so disgusted.

But its not about race you guys.




Post racial Amerikkka

I’m so disgusted.

But its not about race you guys.




the fact that people have donated over $8000+ to a MURDERER who is already on PAID LEAVE fucking disgusts and terrifies me


Stop white people

"Support Officer Darren Wilson" = "I’m a racist asshole who wants to give a nice big bonus to the guy who killed an unarmed black kid because that’s what I secretly wish I could do".

Fuck literally every person who donated even a penny.