and also what’s up with those vegans who would take a bullet for a pig but don’t care about the fate of their own species? every pair of sneakers you own was made by thai child slaves but you won’t drink milk because the cows were mistreated
“The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about Basketball Diaries?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.”—Roger Ebert (via vaginawoolf)
Sagittarius! (have you answered this already? if so, then INSERT RANDOM ONE YOU HAVE YET TO ANSWER HERE)
THE SIMS. I have taken to hiding the discs away to stop the temptation but I always find them anyway, and it’s like, whoops! There goes another six hours of my life that I could have been productive! I don’t even like the game that much; it frustrates me to no end and frankly I think it’s kinda boring? But once I start I can’t stop.
Politician at door:(blah blah blah)...and my strong commitment to traditional family values, as my wife of 28 years will attest.
Shade's mom:Sir, I don't care if you have orgies every Tuesday night so long as you get your job done.
Shade's mom:Also, if "traditional family values" is a sneaky way of saying "anti-gay marriage stance," you should know that my daughter is bisexual, and if I never get to cry at her wedding because some law you passed made her wedding illegal, I will personally see that your wife of 28 years has a lesbian awakening in time for you to discover the virtues of traditional divorce.
This is a really tough one. If I’d been asked this two months ago, I’d have said my job; I worked at a preschool for a year and a half as an assistant teacher, and I was really good at it. I’ve had parents come to me and say that they trusted me with their children more than they did the lead teachers, that they would rather go to me for advice about their kids than anyone else, and that made me feel awesome about myself. Actually I was thinking about getting my CDA this summer, that way if my other outlandish plans for my future fell through, I could always come back and work with the kids, you know? Then my boss fired me because I called her out for discriminating against a Muslim family at our center.
And while I guess I could still claim that as an achievement—the job went away but the experience didn’t, after all—I’ve been putting a lot of distance between myself and it lately, so I don’t feel comfortable being proud of my time there, at least not right now. So, I guess I’ll say something slightly less deep and say this costume I’m working on! I’m not a cosplayer AT ALL and I’m definitely not a crafty person, but I really wanted to be Stephanie Brown!Robin for Halloween this year, and they don’t make a costume for her, so I was like, what the hell? I’ve got the time, I’ll make it myself. It’s kind of a wreck, right now, and it’s not even close to being done, but I’ve put so much work into it and it’s just so satisfying to me! Aside from my writing (and baking, occasionally, but I don’t bake a lot anymore), I’ve never really done anything where I could put my name to it and say, “look what I did!” It might not be the best-crafted costume in the world but I feel like a million bucks every time I make progress on it.
At the moment, my most ambitious dream is kind of my life? I ended up going to my safety school to make my family happy, since it’s closer to home, but in return I decided to major in what I love learning about and throwing all future job security to the wind. So right now I’m double majoring in Classics and Anthropology, and the plan is to go to UChicago for grad school, and become a feminist archaeologist with an emphasis in Greek cult! We’ll see how that goes.
Other than that, I guess the dream I’ve harbored longest is being a writer, but logistically—I don’t know. I love to write, natch, and I don’t think I’m terrible. But I don’t trust myself to create my own worlds, my own situations. I like fanfiction because it’s less frustrating to me to play in other people’s sandboxes; I don’t worry so much about perfection, but whenever I think about doing any original writing, every idea I have I toss out almost immediately, because I ultimately only want to write things that I would enjoy reading, and my standards are ridiculous. I also really have a problem with my brain going too fast for the rest of me to keep up. I’m one of those people who have random bursts of creativity but by the time I catch up with myself, I’ve forgotten whatever it is that made me want to write in the first place. I’ve got at least four WIPs right now gathering dust because there was something I wanted to do with them but it got away from me. I’m not saying that writing is something I’ll never pursue, because I know that I’m still really young and things will change as I live more and experience more, but as of right now it’s just a pipe dream!
Only in America would there be a massacre in a movie theater followed by a national discussion not about assault weapons and extended magazines, but about violent movies and whether or not people should be allowed to wear costumes when they watch them.
It’s because the concept of personal responsibility in our country is a fucking joke.
This is actually kind of a weird one for me, just because I’ve been through a lot lately as far as my interpersonal relationships go, haha. I’ve never been close to my family with the exception of my mom. I used to have a really close group of friends in high school, then during my senior year most of them fell away, and then when I started college I just isolated myself even more. But I have one really good friend from high school who ended up at college with me, and over the past year we’ve just gotten super close. I love not having to cater to her when we talk, I love how we’re on the same wavelength 90% of the time, I love stupid dancing in the car with her, I love making fun of each other’s majors, I love her not being afraid to call me on my bullshit—it’s just a good relationship for me to have right now, and I wish I’d gotten to see her more this summer!
I guess it takes a tumblr meme to make me realize how lonely I am sometimes :/
i’m so tired of the argument that people “should be vegan if they can.” no, they shouldn’t. they should do whatever they think is best for themselves. if that means veganism, great. if it doesn’t, that is also great.
you know what’s not great? trying to force someone to do something they don’t want to do.
Honestly, I just look for people who are comfortable being themselves. One of the big things that I dislike about my university is that the students always seem to be trying so hard to be what they think a kid at a private university should be, and that’s a lot of why I haven’t felt at home there.
Aside from that, I like people who get excited about things. I’m so done with this apathetic cool-kid attitude, fuck that! I want to know all the things that overwhelm you with feels and things that you can’t stop talking about even though you know you’re babbling. Even if I have no clue what you’re talking about I’m going to love you just for being so earnestly passionate about something. In return, people I hang out with have to be able to deal with my obsessiveness about certain things, and also put up with my cuddles.
So for the final installment of my “New DC” reboots, I thought I’d take a look at Batman and friends. In some ways these are probably the least drastic of my redesigns (Batman’s been handled better than a lot of DC’s other properties), but I think the changes I have made are important ones. (You’ll also note that I did do a shorter Batman redesign not long ago, and for clarity’s sake this post is basically expanding on those basic ideas). Just as with the Legion of Doom, this Batman and his cohorts exist in the same imaginary continuity of my Superman reboots and all that, so keep that in mind.
The basic philosophy behind these designs are:
1) Make each character unique, in both personality & appearance
2) Each character should have something unique and useful to offer (ie: no one should be redundant)
3) The relationships between each character pair should be unique and encourage stories
Bruce Wayne (Batman)
Origin: Seeing his parents gunned down by a mugger at age 8, Bruce Wayne developed a particularly strong obsession with lawbreaking and the nature of the criminal mind. Using his vast family fortune, Wayne traveled the world for many years, learning the martial arts and the disciplines of detective work, engineering and stage magic, training under the greatest masters of their fields. When he returned to his city of Gotham, he saw that crime had taken a further turn for the worse, with gangs and the criminally insane taking on bizarre personas and costumes while they ran rampant through the city. Realizing that he could become a sort of lighting rod for the most dangerous of these criminals, Wayne took on the mantle of Batman, a creature of the night that would prey on the fears of the weak minded and attract the aggression of the bolder. His plan worked, and over time his operation expanded to include his trustworthy butler, Alfred, and even more.
Role: Fighter/Detective/Theatrics: Batman is a peerless hand-to-hand combatant (enhanced by steel gauntlets and taser knuckles) and a brilliant detective. His “wings” are actually a high tech fabric that becomes stiff in various shapes when a charge is sent through them, and goes limp like a cape when uncharged. This allows Batman to glide and take the literal silhouette of a massive bat when needed. It also provides limited resistance to firearms when stiff. The bat-symbol on his chest can light up and function as a spotlight to startle criminals, or it can be turned off, allowing him to disappear in the shadows. His eyes lenses allow both night and infra red vision. Batman’s ears function as a radio receiver, as well as a sound amplifier or dampener, the latter of which is necessary when he employs sonic weapons to frighting or disable criminals. Few things are more terrifying to denizens of the underworld than the inhuman screech of the Batman.
Batgirl - Stephanie is his new “project,” and once again he’s placed in a situation where he’s motivated both by fatherly instincts and guilt that come with her origins. At the same time, she’s almost like a playmate, as (unlike Tim and Barbara), she’ll totally indulge Batman’s craziest schemes. She keeps the child in him honest.
Robin - Bruce respects Robin and treats him more like a detective partner than son. They’ve worked together long enough to where their ideological differences aren’t at the forefront anymore, and they can get along (so long as it’s on a case). Probably his healthiest friendship aside from Alfred.
Oracle - Barbara is a constant reminder of Bruce’s earlier recklessness, and not a day goes by that he doesn’t try to concoct a way to make her life easier. He sees her as his adopted child in a lot of ways and is actually more protective of her than Stephanie.
Notes: My changes to Batman may seem modest, but the devil’s in the details. I wanted to take his crime fighting style back to his earliest roots and make him a bit spooky. I also wanted to emphasize the bat elements more strongly, not just with the wings and silhouette but the greater focus on sonics and night vision.
Tim Drake (Robin)
Origin:Born into an upper -middle-class Gotham family, Tim Drake had always been fascinated with detectives and forensics, though a career in law enforcement was heavily discouraged by his parents. This did not deter Tim’s self-education, however, and when he was barely 19 he deduced the Batman’s identity as Bruce Wayne. Knowing Wayne’s troubled past, he understood Batman’s motivations, and offered to join in the vigilante’s crusade. Not wanting to dress in a ridiculous costume, Drake put on a mask and a simple red-breasted coat. Annoyed that this “boy wonder” would look down on his methods, Batman gave him the codename “Robin.”
Role: Forensics/”Good Cop.” Drake serves as Batman’s forensics specialist and chemist. He is also Batman’s right-hand man when it comes to crime scene investigation. While no slouch in a fight, Drake prefers to stay out of brawls and leaves the violence to Batgirl and Batman.
Batman - Since both of his parents are alive and well, and he never suffered any childhood trauma, Tim Drake’s relationship with Batman’s more of a regular friendship and partnership. He thinks Bruce is a bit insane, but at the same time admires what he’s done for the city and knows there are certain things he can learn from Batman. While they do bicker on a daily basis, eventually they get on with whatever mission’s at hand.
Batgirl - Although not much older than Stephanie, Tim presents himself as an elder brother, offering advice when Bruce or Barbara come off as obtuse or grim. He greatly admires her fire, dedication, and also her butt.
Oracle - Tim worries about Barbara’s grasp on reality sometimes, and tries on a daily basis to get her to leave her computer and try to interact with people (to infrequent success). However, they also play online games together (to greater success).
Notes: Batman and Robin should always have a Bad Cop/Good Cop relationship. I’ve always liked the friendship between Rorschach and the Owl from Watchmen, where each guy’s motivation to be a hero’s pretty different, but they find common ground and play off each other’s strengths. Robin is the less cynical of human nature and also takes the whole “superhero” thing less seriously. He grounds Bruce, keeping one foot in reality. Visually I wanted something indicative of The Shadow or the Golden Age Sandman, where the detective elements are more emphasized (his mask, too, is meant to evoke a sort of venetian plague doctor vibe). Robin doesn’t need a utility belt, just pockets.
Stephanie Brown (Batgirl)
Origin: Stephanie Brown was only 16 when she discovered her father, Ed Brown, was also known as Edward Nygma, the notorious Riddler, a criminal Batman had never managed to capture. Feeling obligated to thwart his criminal plans with her inside knowledge, Stephanie spent months training and following her father’s escapades, studying his movements and patterns of riddles. To hide her identity to him, she took on the persona of The Spoiler, and vowed to spoil his plans whenever possible. Eventually Stephanie’s efforts paid off, and after anonymously delivering a message to Batman, helped him finally capture the Riddler. Batman, seeing that he had created an orphaned crimefighter, took in Stephanie as his ward to pay for her education.
Role: Ranged Support. Batgirl is Batman’s largely unseen assistant, providing nonlethal cover fire (blanks, darts, gas, rubber bullets, etc.) and overal tactical support when they’re out fighting crime. Geared for nimble acrobatics and ranged combat, Batgirl is also a skilled hand-to-hand fighter, making use of an extendible staff, taser and Batarangs. Her “gun” is high modular, able to go from a short-ranged blaster to a proper sniping weapon. Batgirl’s greatest advantage is that most criminals don’t know she exists.
Batman - Batman is both Stephanie’s adopted father and crazy uncle, getting her into trouble. She looks to him for both moral guidance and the infrastructure of her world now. Never having a stable home life before, Stephanie is still adjusting to both the comfort of Wayne’s wealth and the intensity of Batman’s world.
Robin - Stephanie adores Tim and follows him around wherever he goes. He’s the one “normal” person she can talk to on a daily basis (outside of school), and they’re quick to share anecdotes about their crime fighting.
Oracle - Barbara terrifies Stephanie. She doesn’t know how to approach her, nor does she quite understand why Barbara is so often shut away. For the first few months, she thought “Oracle” was just a magic computer Batman talked to.
Notes: Every good magician needs an assistant, and Batgirl fills role of the plucky sidekick nicely. She’s new to the Bat-family and her naivete and youthful vigor serve to keep Batman from becoming too grim. Visually her outfit’s similar to Batman’s, but without the attention-grabbing symbol. Her silhouette’s also a bit softer, and comes off a bit like a flying squirrel, which I like.
Barbara Gordon (Oracle)
Origin: Stephanie Brown wasn’t the first Batgirl. Years earlier, Barbara Gordon, a undergraduate student in criminal science, had secretly yearned for the life of the vigilante. Her father, Commissioner James Gordon, would never see her do police work, so Barbara took on the persona of Batgirl, and modelled herself after the famous crime fighter. Batman did indeed take notice and eventually took her under his wing. However, Batman was not as accustomed to working with others at the time, and sent in the less skilled and experienced Batgirl against the Joker and his henchmen, who overwhelmed the Batgirl and beat her until she was paralyzed from the waist down. Although Batman saved her life, he was convinced that her vigilante days were over. Not to be deterred, however, Barbara went through years of therapy and acclimated herself to Wayne’s cutting-edge prostheses technology. She now uses an exoskeleton to provide limited mobility, and serves as Batman’s operations director and engineer, also offering her occasional skills as a hacker and security specialist. Spending more and more time hidden away with her computers.
Role: Logistics/Organizer/Tech. Oracle is arguably the most indispensable member of the team, taking on the digital frontier to both preserve Batman’s identity (by managing Wayne’s transactions that fund their operation) and also to remotely manage his nightly patrols, offering guidance to Batman, Batgirl and Robin when needed. Her prostheses are mostly external and allow her to walk. Additionally, attachments made to her upper spine allow Oracle to form a direct neural link to certain operating systems.
Batman - Barbara worshipped Batman when she was younger. These days, while she does still see him as a second father, she tends to treat him like a child, obsessed more with chasing crooks than stopping crime on a larger scale. Deep down, though, she is convinced that she let him down when she was younger, and blames herself for the “incident.”
Batgirl - To say that Barbara is jealous of Stephanie would be an understatement. She sees a life she could have had as Batman’s “Number 2,” and doesn’t believe that Stephanie has earned the right to join them.
Robin - Tim is her anchor to the real world in that he’s one of the last people she can talk to about non-Batman related things. While she did carry a bit of a torch for the young detective not long ago, she finds it childish now. She doesn’t, however, like that this new Batgirl seems to have an eye for the Boy Wonder.
Notes: I wanted Barbara to retain her character, because superhero comics needs intelligent, competent female protagonists. I altered her “origin” a bit to be less grotesque and instead focused on the notion that Batman using kids to fight crime is kind of reckless. We see with Stephanie that he’s since taken a different approach and keeps her mainly out of direct harm. I also took Barbara out of a wheelchair, because I felt that in a superhero universe of magic and flying robots, someone with access to Bruce Wayne’s money should be able to get up stairs, regardless of their injuries. I want to present Barbara as someone who has become just as driven and obsessed as Batman. As to whether that’s a good thing (or whether this is the best path for her) remains to be seen.
And there you have it. I hoped you liked all my reboots. Let me know what you think!
“As soon as teenage girls start to profess love for something, everyone else becomes totally dismissive of it. Teenage girls are open season for the cruelest bullying that our society can dream up. Everyone’s vicious to them. They’re vicious to each other. Hell, they’re even vicious to themselves. It’s terrible.
“So if teenage girls have something that they love, isn’t that a good thing? Isn’t it better for them to find some words they believe in, words like the ‘fire-proof and fearless’ lyrics that Jacqui wrote? Isn’t it better for them to put those words on their arm in a tattoo than for them to cut gashes in that same skin? Shouldn’t we be grateful when teenage girls love our work? Shouldn’t that be a fucking honor?
“It’s used as the cheapest, easiest test of crap, isn’t it? If teenage girls love a movie, a book, a band, then it’s immediately classified as mediocre shit. Well, I’m not going to stand for that. Someone needs to treat them like they’re precious, and if nobody else is ready to step up, I guess it’s up to us to put them on the path to recognizing that about themselves.”
a character from The Devil’s Mixtape. (via valjeans)
Every now and then, something comes along on your dash that opens your eyes and makes you question assumptions you didn’t even realize you were making.
This former teenage girl fell in love with Rush, RPGs, Russian literature, ancient history, sci fi flicks, and Led Zeppelin. I’d say she had pretty good taste. So why have I always defaulted to marginalizing or dismissing the tastes of other teenage girls? Why have I always counted the large teenage female presence in fandom as a black mark against it, or at least something that needs to be explained or surmounted for older fans to participate or engage? Why have I assumed that teenage girls as a whole are incapable of critical analysis or meaningful engagement with the same media that I enjoy, when it was the critical analysis and meaningful engagement of a teenage girl that got me into much of the same media I enjoy now?
Wow. Talk about not even recognizing the patriarchy at work.
LOL @ all the Marxists/Anarchists who are straight up racists or wishy-washy liberals when questions of race and gender enter the picture.
Lol @ all the Marxists/Anarchists whose arguments are punctuated with racist caricatures of “identity politics”, oftentimes with a weird accusation that positing race as a class category is betraying Marxist/Anarchists ideology.
You people need to get your head of your arse, because I’m bored of this narrative of the blameless white working man hemmed in by capital at every turn.
Why are the most radical struggle against capitalism usually waged by colonised people across the globe? Why is it that the group of people who have taken the biggest hits from the system are women or people of color or both?
Economic class is utterly defined and characterised by race, gender, and other oppressions, and that to assert some platonic notion of the white working class as being “the” proletariat of economic class is utterly ludicrous.
Why are there such few POC/Women comrades in your movement? Maybe its because we don’t want to be apart of your constant circlejerk of racism and sexism.
You all are ridiculous and I’m not sticking around to get more lynching threats and rape threats.
I’m fucking done with you all. I’m tired of being your punching bag so you all ~learn~ and ~understand~ racism and sexism. Like, how many times do I have to call you out before you arseholes begin internalising this criticism? Its the same shit over and over and over again. Like, I can’t even be fucked to be your comrade, you arseholes.
Fuck your revolution, its a joke.
Emphasis mine. Take note, everybody on my twitter feed.