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Think about anyone who has come out as bisexual in the media. Megan Fox, Billie Joe Armstrong, Margaret Cho, Anna Paquin, Megan Mullally, David Bowie, Angelina Jolie.

Their sexuality is usually glossed over — often times, the media decides the person is either gay or straight, depending the relationship they are currently in or the relationship they get into in the future. If a man comes out as bisexual and in the future gets into a relationship with another man, people generally define him as homosexual (such as Alan Cumming). It’s important to note both homosexual and heterosexual people are monosexual and only attracted to one gender. In saying someone is straight or gay based on who they are currently with totally negates an individual’s identity.

Several people throughout have been classified as monosexual, despite identifying as bi. Marlon Brando himself was bisexual and he’s well-known as a “manly” man, it’s no surprise that people would want to erase his sexuality to fit their perception of him. Anne Frank was also bisexual; she wrote about having a love for girls and wanting a girl to date in her diaries. Angelina Jolie is one of the most well-known bisexuals and she still gets marked under a monosexual title because of her long term relationship with Brad Pitt. Yet, in doing this, people are neglecting her identity.

Bisexual Erasure: What It Is and How to Avoid It

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You know what’s really telling about this? 

Bisexual men are almost always considered to be “gay” if they are or have been in a relationship with a man, and regardless of if they’ve had female ex’s

Bisexual women are usually ignored as still being “straight” if they’ve ever been in a relationship with a man, even if there are photos of them making out with and holding hands with a girl.

Regardless of the person’s gender, it’s the history of relationships with men, (not with women, not with the opposite gender, not with the same gender) that people almost exclusively use when they’re trying to define bisexual people as “straight” or “gay”.

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briangefrich:

Jonathan Cooper was the Animation Director on Assassin’s Creed 3.

Dan Lowe was the Senior Technical Animator on Watch Dogs.

Both are calling out the Assassin’s Creed: Unity team on their bullshit about not including female avatars in multiplayer.

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Watch Dogs’ narrative stumbles are bad enough, but it ventures into even more troublesome territory with some of its representation. Female characters in Watch Dogs are victims, to be kidnapped or murdered in the interest of plot or character motivation and are almost all overtly sexualized. Black characters fall into two camps — the aforementioned victims, or, just as maddeningly, criminals. The city of Chicago has an incredibly complicated, difficult history with race, discrimination and segregation. This is a difficult subject to explore in any kind of entertainment. But Watch Dogs’ portrayal of Chicago’s racial divide seems potentially tone-deaf.

Meanwhile, the Profiler’s “flavor text,” dynamic descriptions assigned to the randomly created NPCs that fill Watch Dogs’ Chicago, frequently seem to be lowest-common denominator attempts at humor. When I saw “transgender” and similar attributes presented as throwaway personality quirks, I wasn’t laughing.

Arthur Gies calls attention to the sexism, racism, and transphobia present in Ubisoft’s newly-released Watch Dogs.
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geekygothgirl:

It makes me angry that I have to do this, but I’m going to do it anyway. Last week at Denver Comic Con, I went to a panel on women and body image in comics that I had very high hopes for. It was modded by the same woman who’d modded the very excellent Geek Girl panel earlier that day, and had two of the same panelists, but it was absolutely ruined by the actions of one man. I forgot his name because, quite honestly, I started calling him Douchey McFuckface about two minutes into the panel, but I got it from the mod through Twitter. It’s Andrew Mark of Legacy Action Comics, and his Twitter can be found here at https://twitter.com/LegacyAC. I would not normally do this, but this man, over the course of the panel: 

*Asked the audience who thought women in comics were objectified, and when the entire audience raised their hands, said “Are you fucking stupid?” 

*Justified the hypersexualized portrayal of women in comic books with “Artists just draw what writers give them, it’s the writer’s fault”

*Cut off a professor of media studies in mid-sentence when she tried to point out that yes, there is a connection between media and body image

*Insisted that men and women were equally objectified in comics because Superman has underwear on the outside of his costume

*Interrupted an audience member who was asking a question to talk about how “fucking hilarious” the Hawkeye Initiative is after it was explained by another audience member

*Browsed on his phone during the panel, ignoring audience questions entirely

*When I tried to explain the difference between attraction and objectification, responded by saying inequalities in objectification were clearly women’s fault, because women need to objectify men more

*Glared at and refused to answer an audience member after he tried to defend not drawing muscles on women by saying “we don’t have time for that” and she quite reasonably asked why, then, he had time to draw muscles on men

*Asked the audience if they “know comics aren’t real, right?” 

*And, as a capper, used the phrase “twinks” as a homophobic slur at the end of the panel

I have probably been to forty panels at five different cons now, and I have never witnessed a panelist being so actively cruel, rude, and downright unprofessional during a panel. It’s sad because Legacy Action Comics is the kind of small local venture I would normally like to support, but given his behavior, I want everyone to know exactly how unprofessional and misogynistic this man is. At the panel, they openly chastised the audience and essentially told them that the continuing portrayal of skimpily clothed women in comics was their fault, because they “didn’t do anything about it” and “money talks.” Well, I’m doing something about it, and I hope money does talk. If anyone has bought/heard of Legacy Action comics, please don’t buy from them any more-I know I don’t want my money going to support someone who thinks these behaviors and attitudes are acceptable, and I hope you don’t want yours going their either. It’s sad because Legacy Action Comics is, by all appearances, the kind of small, local business I would normally go out of my way to support, but through his boorish and misogynistic behavior, Andrew Mark absolutely shot that in the foot. 

I will probably be posting some more of the arguments I heard at this panel, and dissecting their fallaciousness, later, but for now I just wanted to get this out there and let people know that this kind of behavior is not acceptable and (hopefully) will not be tolerated by the geek community. 

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Avenger Black Widow is one of the best bets, as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who has already proven herself on-screen, and with a spy skill set that can break superhero cinema out of the usual origin-story rut…But instead of being seen as powerful and dynamic characters who could lead their own films, a double standard is applied to superheroines. The men lead, and the women support, no matter how powerful their characters are. Marvel head Kevin Feige has actually repeatedly expressed happiness at how his company has handled female superheroes. He is perfectly happy to have the female characters support the men, rather than feel pressure over the company’s very recognizable exclusion of female stars: “I’m very proud of the way the Marvel movies handle the female characters […] as opposed to feeling the pressure of ‘When are you doing a female movie?’”

Intentional or not, Feige’s words express a palpable disinterest in the female superheroes audiences clearly want to see. In the same interview, he blows off the idea of a Black Widow solo movie with that same old standby: “If we had a great idea, we’d do it.”

The fact is that if Feige desired it, it would happen — and the Marvel head has a history of making his desires a reality. “It became a secret dream” of his “to have a second bite at the apple” when Hulk crashed and burned in 2003. In five short years, Bruce Banner was back for The Incredible Hulk — another film that missed the mark, before the character finally hit, four years later, when Mark Ruffalo took over in The Avengers. That time, Feige made it happen, and poor returns on Marvel’s investments didn’t stop him.

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IT’S 2AM AND I’M LAUGHING WAY TOO LOUD HELP

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visitmejoe77:

inspiration for what i’ll be wearing in 2014

omg these lists!!

don’t wear stripes, don’t wear solid colors, don’t wear dark colors, don’t wear light colors, don’t wear sandals, don’t wear sneakers, don’t wear pumps, don’t wear shorts, but wear hot shorts, not those shorts, or those, don’t wear your hair up, or short, or long, don’t dye it, unless i hate it then dye it, don’t wear yoga pants, or jeans, or leggings, or skirts above the belly button, or below the knee, or sleeveless things, or things with long sleeves, etc.

fuck dudes and fuck these lists.

where is the list for things men wear that women hate??? huh?

let’s start:


basketball shorts when you are not playing basketball, sandals and socks, long socks with shorts, the same plaid shirt in varying shades of red or blue, cargo pants, flip flops outside the beach or pool, popped collars, meme t-shirts, chain wallets, cell phone holsters, puka shell necklaces, mesh tanks, bowling shirts,

I mean really

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footstepsinthefrost:

Why is the blame for romanticizing mental illness lodged at teenage girls documenting/trying to cope with their struggles with mental illness and not grown men who make movies about how medication is evil and schizophrenia is magic powers.

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fuckingfaggot-xvx:

Let’s all take a moment to talk about this fucker, his name is Georges Cuvier. 
So this guy was a French Naturalist and Zoologist. He is directly to blame for the mass biologization of culture, scientific racism, the fetishization of the Black Female Body, and well he’s just a racist and sexist pig. 
If you ever get a chance, do some readings on Saartje Baartman, or Sara Baartman. She was referred to as the “Hottentot Venus” and was exploited in Africa and England as the main attraction to a scientific “freak show” crossover where rich White Men would gawk over her because she had larger breasts and buttocks, they would constantly poke at her, objectify her, and treat her as an animal. 
Oh, and we cannot at all forget that when Sara died, Cuvier made a caste of her body and then extracted all of her sexual organs which is a horrifying representation of his deep fetishization of the Black Female Body. 
You want to talk about humans occupying other humans, dehumanizing those humans and treating them as space? Then go read about Saartje Baartman’s terrifyingly painful experience and how her life had contributed to the White gaze, the male gaze, and the view of the Black Female Body as being hypersexual, deviant, animalistic and primitive - all thanks to European traders, explorers, scholars, scientists, patrons, artists and philosophers. 
Click here to watch The Life and Times of Sara Baartman.
If anyone would like to read a paper that I wrote on arguing that Saartje Baartman’s experience was NOT an isolated incident, feel free to message me and I will surely pass that on to you for your personal research. 

Ah, I remember doing this research and wanting to throw everything in site.

fuckingfaggot-xvx:

fuckingfaggot-xvx:

Let’s all take a moment to talk about this fucker, his name is Georges Cuvier

So this guy was a French Naturalist and Zoologist. He is directly to blame for the mass biologization of culture, scientific racism, the fetishization of the Black Female Body, and well he’s just a racist and sexist pig. 

If you ever get a chance, do some readings on Saartje Baartman, or Sara Baartman. She was referred to as the “Hottentot Venus” and was exploited in Africa and England as the main attraction to a scientific “freak show” crossover where rich White Men would gawk over her because she had larger breasts and buttocks, they would constantly poke at her, objectify her, and treat her as an animal. 

Oh, and we cannot at all forget that when Sara died, Cuvier made a caste of her body and then extracted all of her sexual organs which is a horrifying representation of his deep fetishization of the Black Female Body. 

You want to talk about humans occupying other humans, dehumanizing those humans and treating them as space? Then go read about Saartje Baartman’s terrifyingly painful experience and how her life had contributed to the White gaze, the male gaze, and the view of the Black Female Body as being hypersexual, deviant, animalistic and primitive - all thanks to European traders, explorers, scholars, scientists, patrons, artists and philosophers. 

Click here to watch The Life and Times of Sara Baartman.

If anyone would like to read a paper that I wrote on arguing that Saartje Baartman’s experience was NOT an isolated incident, feel free to message me and I will surely pass that on to you for your personal research. 

Ah, I remember doing this research and wanting to throw everything in site.

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celebreceipts:

[Martin Freeman in an interview for The Hobbit, discussing dating an Elf]

Interviewer: "And the height difference doesn’t matter?"

Freeman: “Not at all, I’ve got a ladder. And I’ve got drugs. I can just make them [indicates someone falling unconscious] Slip something in their goblet. Oh, someone will get offended by that now, because they’ll call it ‘rape’ or whatever. But, you know, for me it’s a helping hand. Maybe I should stop talking.”

[source at 2:29]

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misandry-mermaid:

dingdongno:

and it’s amazing

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"Why, is your nose bigger than your dick?" OMFG so good!

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medievalpoc:

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medievalpoc:

Viking Sculptor

Runic Stone: Crucified Christ in Interlace

Denmark (c. 940 A. D.)

Runestone

Made for Harald Bluetooth:

"King Harald bade these memorials to be made after Gorm, his father, and Thyra, his mother. The Harald who won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity."

Denmark, East Jutland, Jelling

ArtSTOR/[x] [x] [x] [x]

It’s also interesting in a historical context as this was during a time when the Vikings were expanding and had a great deal of contact with peoples on other continents-which is how Harald Bluetooth ended up a Christian in the first place.

In fact, the only 100% confirmed pre-Columbian Viking Settlement in the Americas at L’Anse aux Meadows dates only 50 or so years later.

This Norsified version of Christ resembles Byzantine and Coptic Christian images moreso than those from other parts of the world.

Byzantine:

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Coptic:

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But at this time, Jesus was more or less consistently depicted as a person of color regardless of where the art was made. Christs from Belgium were looking like this:

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Lobbes Bible ms. 1 fol. 6 Genesis Initial (1064)

England:

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Psalter (fragment). whole page, Folio #: fol. 085r. (1025)

Spain:

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Christ in Majesty with symbols of the Evangelists, illumination from a Castilian Moralia in Job, fol. 2 (945)

Germany:

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Munster: St. Johann Int.: nave fresco: Scenes of the Life of Christ: det.: Christ and the children (800)

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alright, lets address this nonsense in a little bit further detail, because i’m bored. anyone can see that these shitty little photos are terrible examples. the fact that this girl (surely not male) started off the post with a st. lukecaptioned, “Christs from Belgium were looking like this” should be enough to let everyone know she has no idea what she’s doing, and clearly just looks through old paintings until she finds something that might vaguely resemble a “person of color” (for her, anyone who isn’t obviously ivory-complected) and then bases outrageous and unfounded claims on them. she found 4 images from medieval europe which looked kinda sorta non-white to her, and so decided that “at this time, Jesus was more or less consistently depicted as a person of color regardless of where the art was made”. uh.

anyone who knows jack shit about medieval christian art should instantly know that that “belgian christ” is one of the evangelists. when has christ ever been depicted holding a pen? a look at the fuller image shows that he is inside an L initial. here is a christ from the same bible (which is actually the stavelot, not the lobbes), looking very white indeed.

that obscure psalter fragment and spanish illumination should be suspicious to anyone not completely blinded by his political agenda. the colors have obviously faded and changed a lot over the years. that’s what happens sometimes with medieval pigments over the course of a thousand years. they wash out and darken.

i didn’t do any research on the english psalter, but just from looking at the image you can see that particular pigment used for the skin was used quite a lot, and has over the years turned into a dull and unflattering greyish brown. it was probably originally a much bronzer hue. also consider st. joseph’s reddish hair. also, what the fuck, 11th centuryany century english art never depicted the holy family as black, what the fuck is wrong with you?

take a closer look at the spanish one. this one makes the pigment discoloration effectvery clear. look at st. matthew’s face in the lower left. do you think he has vitiligo? wait, they all have it, don’t they? yes, that’s probably it. the artist, whilst illuminating christ in majesty, decided to take the opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of pocs suffering from loss of skin pigmentation. if you’re still trying to figure out a way to make this particular jesus a poc, just look up the mozarabic style, of which this illumination is an example. what do you know, everyone looks about how you would expect an arabized iberian art style to depict them. that is, not black. but of course, the art style is so shitty and unrealistic anyway, it is pretty damn dumb to try and base your speculations of what people looked like back then on it.

and the german christ. i don’t even need to say anything about that one. just look at the rest of the art in the st. johann, or any other german art from the era, holy fucking shit

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Alright, class! Let’s go over what we’ve learned from this post, which totally debunks everything I’ve ever said, all of my sources, ArtSTOR, JSTOR, most academic databases, and most scholarship in the field from the last ten to fifteen years.

1. I am a “girl”, who is surely not male, and therefore I have no idea what I’m doing.

2. I base my “assumptions” about who is and isn’t a person of color…on skin color. What the flip is wrong with my girlish and extremely feminine confusion. It must be the “hysteria” taking hold of my ditzy girlish brains. Gender nonwithstanding. Please note also that I am a “girl”, which is not to be confused with a “woman”, who also is “Surely not male”.

3. You can learn more about Belgian Art from the same blog you’re reading right now in order to argue any claims I make.

4. Any images that seem to be of brown-skinned people are due to age and pigments and other science that silly girls don’t know about. U R GIRL U DUN KNOW SCIENCES!!!!

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5. Any English Psalters that seem to be of brown people are not actually English or do not exist because there were no brown-skinned people in English art, and we know this because any evidence of brown-skinned people in English art doesn’t exist! Circular reasoning works because circular reasoning works because circular reasoning….

6. Everyone knows that “Arabized” art style is that art style and art style not Black look like people not Black art people look like people of color!

7. Everyone knows Iberian art style brown people thing is brown people art style!

8. Everyone know that German Art style is art style German all brown people look like want do far as anyone could look as want to do more look like!!!!!

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P.S. If anyone would like to know more about English Psalters that depict the holy family with brown skin, I hope you have access to ArtSTOR!

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macklemorrigan:

me when i think about how pixar can successfully animate a walking tortilla but animating diverse, emotive women is too hard

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gradientlair:

[trigger warning: misogynoir] D.N. Lee (@DNLee5), a Black scientist (her blog is called The Urban Scientist on Scientific American Mind) was treated in the most disrespectful way by a science publication, Biology-Online.org. They wanted her to blog for them. She inquired about what they wanted, the frequency and the pay. The editor advised her of the details and that there is no pay. She politely declined

Then their editor replied with “are you urban scientist or an urban whore?” 

The fuck?

A Black woman works hard to become a scientist only to be called a “whore” because she expects to be paid for her work. PAID FOR WORK, you know that neat thing that people all over America expects and one that America has a history of not always doing where Black women and Black people in general are concerned? Black women are regularly insulted when we fight back against labor exploitation or even simply say no, like she did. We cannot say no? I’ve been called every name in the book for this.

So not only is the well-engrained hatred of sex workers involved in this insult (because they’re paid for sex, which is outlandish to patriarchy since men feel they are owed sex), not only is there the misogyny that women in STEM face endlessly, but the way this person used her blog title in the insult to be “clever” also implies specific anti-Black misogyny or misogynoir

Did you ask why some Black women/women of colour and White women avoid STEM like a plague? Did you think it was the sexist myth that all women “can’t” do science and are “afraid” of math? Very few people recognize the gravity of the sexism and racism in STEM and how that (in addition to capitalism) actually shapes what degrees are deemed “useless" or not and even creates a hierarchy among the degrees deemed “useless.” Very few want to examine how the cycle below contributes to why some women opt out of STEM and why some women face so much abuse in STEM: 

Gender socialization → Sexism  → Misogyny  → Stereotype threat → Confirmation bias

The fact that this person would actually type the word “WHORE” in a professional email to someone they sought work from turns my stomach and makes me stabby as hell. 

I love her confident and nuanced reply in the video above. I LIVE! She deserves to be treated with respect and this publication with its misogynoir needs to re-evaluate themselves and the editor needs to be held accountable.

(I am not clear if she lost her blog position but her post about her experience was taken down from Scientific American Mind but elaborated on in a post on Isis The Scientist. Read more here: An Open Letter To Scientific American Mind And Why You’ve Lost A Reader #BoycottSciAm from someone who followed her situation.)

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phoenix-ace:

 Its Martha from Doctor Who, its their issue with Spock choosing Uhura, its why a game that won’t come out until 2014 has a tag full of hate for the visible WoC (Dragon Age).  Its watching Tara get hit with the full sadism of an entire fandom.  Its why Lavender Brown was racialized as black until she became important to the plot and had romantic scenes with a main character.  Its people claiming Mako Mori wasn’t independent enough and that Dr. Watson isn’t believable as an Asian WoC.  

There’s a trend here, and it all relates to the idea that WoC can’t be central characters without becoming fandoms most hated with with double standards, racist code speak, and total erasure, because the same ‘isms that impact us in real life don’t go away just because we’re online.  

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