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a long and winding road

not all those who wander are lost.

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Side Entrance

gwillow:

Whew! I’ve been on the road and/or at local conventions (hi, ECCC and Norwescon!) for most of the month, so I am late saying: Ms. Marvel #3! Out now!

If you were intrigued by the mosque scene in this issue, you must take a look at American Muslim activist Hind Makki’s amazing site, Side Entrance, which examines women’s spaces in mosques all over the world…the good, the bad and the ugly. Thanks largely to Hind’s project, the term “side entrance” (a reference to the separate and often unequal entrances for women in many mosques) has become shorthand for the complex gender dynamics at play in modern Islamic sacred spaces. (As someone who has had the privilege of exploring mosques in many different places, I have to say that North American mosques are—with a few notable exceptions—among the worst I have seen in terms of the access and dignity afforded to women. The best? Iranian mosques. By a LONG mile. The world is never as black and white as it seems…) 

We’ve been talking a lot about intersectionality in comics recently. I am consistently amazed by the similarities between conversations about gender representation/inclusion across cultural boundaries. Many of the debates about women’s roles in American mosques mirror those about women’s roles in American comics and geek culture. (Can men represent women’s interests in a sensitive and legitimate way? How much room do we need to make for women’s voices? What was wrong with the old way, if anything?) The same kinds of tactics—the idea that men, by virtue of an ages-old cultural monopoly, are more “authentic” practitioners (of religion, of fandom, of whatever) and women’s voices are therefore inauthentic and unnecessary—are often deployed by male gatekeepers in both cases. It seems like every day we get a fresh example of women in geek culture being “side entranced”—shut down by “real” male fans, sometimes with threats of violence, and told to accept the status quo. Ie, to stay on the girls’ side. The parallels are actually pretty striking. 

We are all pieces of each other. If there is one thing that writing Ms. Marvel has taught me so far, it is that. 

“I like fangirls how I like my coffee. I hate coffee.” Three days after being spotted on a T-shrt for sale at WonderCon, this idiotic slogan is still making waves in the geek community.

Why? Well, for one thing, it seems like a perfect example of the hostile environment women have to deal with when they attend conventions. However, the T-shirt’s manufacturer, Tankhead Custom Tees, has just come forward to explain why the shirt isn’t sexist.

“the fangirl/fanboy shirts can best be explained like this: fangirls/boys =/= fans. Fans are people who like and genuinely respect a fandom, and it’s creators. Fangirls/boys are like those creepy fedora wearing neckbearded bronies, or hetalia fanfiction shippers, who make us all collectively cringe in pain at what they do to the things we love.

No one should ever defend these kinds of people. Seriously, they make the rest of us look bad.”

So, just to be clear here, the shirt isn’t insulting toward all women, just the ones who are the wrong kind of fan. And that’s totally not a gendered insult because bronies (i.e. male fans of a media source that’s traditionally aimed at girls) are repulsive as well. Right?

The idea that it’s OK to be disgusted by certain types of fan is pretty widespread in geek culture, and it’s ridiculous to suggest that this habit isn’t connected to sexist prejudice. In the nonsensical social strata of geekdom, “serious” sci-fi literature fans are somewhere at the top, Trekkies and comic book nerds are somewhere around the middle, and anything women are interested in is invariably right down at the bottom. Popular examples: Supernatural, YA novels with female protagonists, fanfiction, shoujo anime, and pretty much anything that’s popular on Tumblr.

It’s no coincidence that “fangirl” is most commonly used to describe women who read and write fanfiction. By the logic of people who use fangirl as a pejorative term, fans who spend hours reading and collecting superhero comics are at the cool, respectable end of the geek scale, while “fangirls”  who write tens of thousands of words of superhero fanfic are embarrassing weirdos. In other words, if you conform to the old-fashioned, male-dominated form of fandom then you’re fine, but if you prefer to join the subculture that was primarily founded on the work of female fans, then it’s acceptable to publicly mock you at an event like WonderCon.

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pond-with-ducks:

It all started out as a mild curiosity in the junkyard, and now it’s turned out to be quite a great spirit of adventure.

  #perhaps my favorite scene in all of the whoinverse  
gabzilla-z:

talk shit get hit

gabzilla-z:

talk shit get hit

fuckyeahpadmeamidala:

Le Muslimah Couture made a gorgeous version of Padmé’s gold travel costume! You can see the rest of the photos (and some awesome detail shots) over at her blog!

Le Muslimah Couture

hijabi cosplayer alert :)

shorelle:

Finally done(-ish)!! My contribution to andythelemon's Rule 63 Project (take a lead male protagonist and genderbend them as a female character), featuring Luke Skywalker from Star Wars! or Lucy Skywalker, perhaps? Luke is one of my absolute favourite protagonists, so I just couldn’t resist :D

In the end I couldn’t decide on what scene to draw, so ended up sketching out a couple of moments from each movie in the OT :) I’m sorry for the randomness of these… This was a really fun project and a great idea, thank you for organising it Andy!

maglab:

So I finally got the gumption to port this over to the iPad and finish it. It’s frustrating to lose all my layers but hey, better to get it done, right? What do you guys think?
ALSO would anyone care if I made prints of it??

maglab:

So I finally got the gumption to port this over to the iPad and finish it. It’s frustrating to lose all my layers but hey, better to get it done, right? What do you guys think?

ALSO would anyone care if I made prints of it??

  #everything is better with cats  

I really should have liveblogged my Next Generation marathon.  S6E4 - all I want to do is hug Scotty.

Last night, I dreamed Mark Hamill was in front of me in line for an amusement park ride.  I got my picture with him and he told me Hugh Jackman was going to be in Episode VII.  Yup, my subconscious may be a little bit geek.

tardiscrash:

daily sketch 082: doctor littles
Five, Six, Seven and Eight. More sketches for stickers and buttons. probably just going to do these ones unless i get over run with requests for other characters.

tardiscrash:

daily sketch 082: doctor littles

Five, Six, Seven and Eight. More sketches for stickers and buttons. probably just going to do these ones unless i get over run with requests for other characters.

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

I had been waiting on pins and needles for Wizard World Minneapolis to announce if Matt Smith was coming or not.  And now he is.  But only for Sunday.  Which is when the May Day parade is.  And I was going to be a groovy dancing cat.  My mask is all sculpted and paper mached, just needs painting.

But I’m well on my way to meeting all the living Doctors.  And one is going to be literally blocks from where I work.  So how can I miss that?

Plus, I should be halfway to my weight loss goal, so I have my before pictures with Doctors and then the halfway picture with a doctor and then hopefully the after picture at a future convention with a doctor.  

But on the other hand, giant puppets!  Dancing cats!  May Day!

*cries*

Stargate SG1 S6xE12 - Unnatural Selection