“The Case for Unisex Bathrooms.”
Faithful followers of this blog may recall that was a post we ran back in November of 2015, dealing with the push for equal bathroom access for transgendered folks. Yours truly made some pretty compelling arguments, and you’d expect the universe to comply with my effervescent fountain of wisdom, yet on February 22nd, the Trump administration announced it would repeal transgendered bathroom protections established by Obama.
So here we are again.
And that’s a little strange, because other than a couple incidents, I don’t recall a sudden wave of sexual assaults taking place after the Obama administration instituted its protections. Maybe it’s like how gay marriage was supposed to bring about the downfall of society, and it just takes a suuuuuuper long time to get started.
Or maybe it’s just a gut reaction to some of the more stupid elements out there. The folks who’d argue that the world should respect their choice to identify as a bottle of mayonnaise:
Given painfully unironic martyrs like that, it’s not completely baffling why some people would push back against any unusual gender identity. Continue reading
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Tagged Bathroom, Daniel, Deuteronomy, FDR, gender, Gioacchino Conti, Hanne Gaby Odiele, intersex, Jamie Shupe, law, Obama, sex, sex change, sexuality, Transexual, Transgender, Trump, Tumblr, Unisex
Congratulations Are In Order
First thing’s first, I’d like to extend all the congratulations in the world to Em Liu of Fiction Diversity for having one of her articles hosted on The Hooded Utilitarian. This is thrilling to me for a number of reasons, listed in no particular order: she’s someone I follow and who I’ve had conversations with between our two blogs , The Hooded Utilitarian is one of my go-to places for pop culture critique on the internet, and the topic she wrote on is one that is very near and dear to my own heart, namely: “Hollywood’s (Real) Problem with the Asian Male”.
I very, very strongly recommend that you read it in its entirety, because with the sole exception of one small portion I’ll be addressing I believe it to be the gospel truth. If you still absolutely refuse to for some absurd reason, and I’m going to ask you to check it out again before moving on . . . the post catalogues the portrayal of Asian men in American cinema, specifically in terms of their desirability. It was particularly eye-opening to me in that one of the earliest examples goes back to the late 1950s with The Crimson Kimono [poster on the right, obviously].
After elaborating on how things have mostly been downhill from there, Liu takes care not to shy away from the fact that one of the cultural reactions to this trend has been “a troubling emphasis on the need for the Asian male to simply ‘get the girl‘ onscreen.” Allow me to take a brief, and very relevant segue to discuss how strongly that idea resounds with me, and how badly I once wanted [and oftentimes still do want] this.
The Thirst Is Real [Leonard Nam Should Be In More Stuff]
I very vividly remember being in my early teens and watching a trailer for 2004’s The Perfect Score-
To stop you before you get there, yes, it is funny that Chris Evans [aka Captain America] and Scarlett Johansson [aka Black Widow] appear together years before their stints in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And yes, in her dream sequence she does imagine becoming a leatherclad ass-kicker, life is weird, isn’t it? Carrying on- Continue reading
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Tagged asian, badass, Brian McBrian, capable, competent, competition, conquest, desirable, diversity, Fast Five, Fiction Diversity, film, Gal Gadot, Gisele, Han, Hollywood, Leonardo Nam, male, male gaze, relationships, representation, sexuality, Sung Kang
Just as in most forms of media LGBT representation has been lacking in comic books, both in the content created and those responsible for its creation. It’s a conversation that will last for decades until such a time that we can look to art and see that yes, it does reflect the world we live in, such as it is. In regards to all of this there are times when a person will look at their pull list and decide that the stars have aligned just right, and that it’s time to dust off a blog feature of sorts that hasn’t been used in years.
It began with “Homosexuality In Comics As Of May 20th”, a post in 2012 that shone some light on DC Comics’ announcement that they would be introducing a previously straight character as gay, having that person become “one of [their] most prominent gay characters.” One year later there was “… As of July 26th”, in which I revealed the aforementioned hero-
Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of Earth-2 [an alternate universe]
-and shared my personal opinion on how not
to introduce LGBT characters [ie. as a revelation after decades of established straightness]. That was where I left things, saying that we need more gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, etc. men and women and others in the medium that I love so dearly without offering much of a solution.
Thankfully two of this week’s titles helped a) me out in this regard and b) improve the pop culture landscape of which comic books are only a small part of. Continue reading
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Tagged Alan Moore, Alan Scott, characters, Cindy Moon, comic books, comics, Dave Gibbons, DC, Elmo Bondoc, everyday, G. Willow Wilson, gay, introduction, lesbian, lgbt, Lola, Marvel, Ms. Marvel, normal, normalization, orientation, Rafferty, Robbie Thompson, sexuality, shoehorned, Silk, Stacey Lee, watchmen, writing
Last Wednesday, Kat gave us a post titled “Why I Decided to Stop Being a ‘Tough Girl’ and Just Be Me“, a thought-provoking piece on femininity.
I passionately disagree with it.
Let me break it down here.
In her post, Kat referenced this quote by actress Zoey Deschanel:
This idea- that women were or are pressured to be “men”- isn’t a new one. Plenty of folks have made the same observation and there is absolutely truth to that. In fact, we’ve even managed to turn it into a trope at this point, the “warrior-princess”. Continue reading
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Tagged 2nd wave, 3rd wave, Anne Bonny, Boadicea, Claire Underwood, Dana Scully, Elizabeth Jennings, fantasy, female, feminine, femininity, feminism, Feminist, fight, Frank Frazetta, Gemma Teller, Hua Mulan, inherent, kevlar, Lana Kane, Laura Roslin, Lysistrata, male, marie curie, matriarchal, matriarchy, Men, patriachal, patriarchy., Peloponnesian war, power, promiscuity, qualities, sci-fi, science fiction, sex, sexuality, stoic, strength, tough, traits, warrior-princess, will, women, Zenobia, Zoey Deschanel