The Cover of Wonder Woman 184

In “Introducing Wonder Woman” William Moulton Marston builds the foundation of Wonder Woman mythology—of which one of the cornerstones is the Amazon origin story. According to the queen of the Amazons and Wonder woman’s mother, Hippolyte, Hercules was insulted by barbs that even he could not vanquish the Amazons, so he traveled (with his army) to Ancient Greece to battle them and secure his reputation as unbeatable (Marston 13). Although Hippolyte bests Hercules, he steals the Magic Girdle (gifted to her by Aphrodite) and enslaves the Amazons (Marston 13). According to Hippolyte, “Aphrodite, angry at me for having succumbed to the wiles of men, wouldRead More →

people talking in public

I have a three-hour commute, and in all that reading time, I’ve come across a few articles in the past couple of months about women and tentative speech. Tentative, or indirect, speech, as I’ve come to understand it, is speech that seeks to not offend or take a firm stance.  For example, beginning a comment with, “I’m sorry, but…” or peppering in words like “just” or “I think,” to make it clear that you’re stating an opinion, not a statement, so it’s okay to disagree.  It’s the other side of the pendulum to assertive speech. At first, I was very enthusiastic about women eliminating so-calledRead More →

Cinderella 2015 slipper movie

It’s been perplexing me for weeks why I disliked Disney’s latest live-action version of Cinderella so much. At first I thought it was about the unabashed damsel-in-distress storyline. Sorting through the issues with the film there were questions I felt needed to be answered. Why is this story so endearing and enduring? Looking at the story critically, am I tearing down innocence with my adult perspective? Why did I, a 52-year old woman, want to go see it in the first place? Disney’s new Cinderella is true to the old tale but, unlike the original 1950s animation or any other version for that matter, itRead More →

Batgirl #40 DC Comcis

As a comic book fan, a Batman fan, an artist, and a reasonable person, I’m going to talk about the Batgirl #41 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque, which has caused the Twitter #ChangeTheCover/#SaveTheCover efforts. The social media fire storm has led DC to cancel publication of the Albuquerque variant cover. Because I wasn’t reading comic books back in 1988 and I hold to the Voldemort Axioms, I went back and read the original “Batman: The Killing Joke” (B:TKJ) by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland which is the influence for the Albuquerque cover. I found it profound and probably the best interpretation of the personas ofRead More →

tip of the iceberg

If you ask Regina, I’m not sure she’d call me a feminist — she might, but with a few asterisks attached. 😉  Even if you ask me I’m not sure I’d call myself a feminist; I despise labels. Individuals are so complex; it’s unjust to boil down any ideal, philosophy, event, or action to a single word. And that’s just if we’re dealing with the English language. Bring in any other single language — how do you expect to clearly communicate with one word? On a weekend retreat I was learning how to translate and interpret an Aramaic phrase. The entire interpretation turned on theRead More →

This week, we take on the latest feminist news in our headline show. There are SO MANY stories about feminism right now, good and bad, and we tackle a few here. What’s your definition of feminism? Do you think it needs a new name? Links “What’s it like to be a woman in competitive gaming? A female gamer explains.” by Lilian “Milktea” Chen Emma Watson speaks at the UN The Emma Watson hoax “Joseph Gordon-Levitt made a video about Feminism.” Pivot TV: Hit Record “Brick” “The Lookout” Reading “Chasing the Dead“, Tim Weaver “In the Woods“, Tana French Watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonRead More →