Loons and Stars

View from the Flatlands

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fuckyeahmarshworth said: all four also! and i totally would want to keep the teeth if i could, hm, i think my dad has his in a box…

Ask your surgeon! I think you should be all right. Just load up on soups, ice cream, and stuff to watch/read.

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fuckyeahmarshworth said: i’m getting mine out in two weeks :( how was it

Honestly, apart from the fact I can see gaping holes in my gums and my mouth is still puffy from whatever numbed it, the experience has not been bad thus far.And I had all four pulled out.

Actually, the holes in the gums are rather cool. I kind of wish I asked for them to hold onto the teeth so I could see them.

I opted to be sedated, and it felt like one minute I was looking at the monitor and the next I was waking up on a recovery bed under a furry blanket. So that was nice. No weird side effects, though I had to wear a head bandage to hold ice packs to my cheeks to keep swelling down. Eating’s uncomfortable, but again, that is more the lip numbness than any pain. I’ve been taking ibuprofen all day, and haven’t had to touch the stronger pain meds, so that’s a plus too.

How many teeth are they pulling out?

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vyvyansboots:

fyeahlilbitoeverything:

athenaltena:

comiccomic:

Dear comic artists:
This is how you draw a scantily-clad supe walking into a room. Take note. You see how Kory’s shoulders are back and she’s standing up straight and she comes off as calm and competent and completely relaxed? Notice how she’s not posed in a way that absolutely exploits all the different side-boob and side-ass options? That is how to draw a scantily-clad supe walking into a room.
Also, bonus points to the Gotham Central artist for having Maggie and Renee in the same haze of hotness as the men. A lesser artist (and writer, I assume, given that Brubaker is a details guy) would have had Maggie and Renee (both out lesbians) look away or scoff. But no. Starfire is hot and Maggie and Renee are into women they find hot. It’s great.

This has to be one of my favorite scenes ever for being laugh out loud hilarious, and I have to applaud Brubaker for actually having the two lesbians appreciate Kori. For some reason there seems to be an assumption in a lot of things that lesbians don’t appreciate hot women in revealing costumes and will react with disgust. Hello?! How does that make any sense? Newsflash: Lesbians like women, and we like looking at women. At least in my experience what’s really going on is that women are reacting in disgust to how the woman is being exploited if she’s posed in a particularly demeaning way, but a scene like this, where Kori has power and is treated with respect, is 5 kinds of hot, and the lesbians will appreciate it.

 ^
All this.

this scene is objectively perfect

vyvyansboots:

fyeahlilbitoeverything:

athenaltena:

comiccomic:

Dear comic artists:

This is how you draw a scantily-clad supe walking into a room. Take note. You see how Kory’s shoulders are back and she’s standing up straight and she comes off as calm and competent and completely relaxed? Notice how she’s not posed in a way that absolutely exploits all the different side-boob and side-ass options? That is how to draw a scantily-clad supe walking into a room.

Also, bonus points to the Gotham Central artist for having Maggie and Renee in the same haze of hotness as the men. A lesser artist (and writer, I assume, given that Brubaker is a details guy) would have had Maggie and Renee (both out lesbians) look away or scoff. But no. Starfire is hot and Maggie and Renee are into women they find hot. It’s great.

This has to be one of my favorite scenes ever for being laugh out loud hilarious, and I have to applaud Brubaker for actually having the two lesbians appreciate Kori. For some reason there seems to be an assumption in a lot of things that lesbians don’t appreciate hot women in revealing costumes and will react with disgust. Hello?! How does that make any sense? Newsflash: Lesbians like women, and we like looking at women. At least in my experience what’s really going on is that women are reacting in disgust to how the woman is being exploited if she’s posed in a particularly demeaning way, but a scene like this, where Kori has power and is treated with respect, is 5 kinds of hot, and the lesbians will appreciate it.

 ^

All this.

this scene is objectively perfect

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heartandsleeves:

xandgunn:

garykingoftheworld:

Ya know something interesting about the Marvel/DC ‘rivalry’ on tumblr?

Everyone acts like DC is this super regressive company compared to Marvel when DC really did more progressive stuff first and is still doing so.

Women as heroes?
DC’s had Wonder Woman as one of their three major heroes forever, but everyone ignores that because “But she doesn’t have a movie yet” (more on that later)

While Marvel can claim the first black hero in comics with Black Panther, DC actually had heroes talking explicitly about race with John Stewart and Hal Jordan, and did a lot of issues with progressiveism and liberalism vs convsativism in the Green Arrow/Green Lantern series (including a black person calling out Hal on how little he did to fight oppression on earth as he did the rest of the universe), and Green Arrow and Hawkeye arguing politics was a common thread of their time on the JLA together.

Black Lightning was the first African-American superhero with no criminal record (Luke Cage did get his powers in prison, it’s kinda stereotypical)

DC itself actually funded and published Milestone comics, a comics company entirely devoted to more diverse comics. If you’ve ever heard of Static you owe DC comics.

Marvel has never had anything even remotely equivalent.

When it comes to LGBT stuff, DC comics had a lesbian Batwoman and a lesbian woman taking over from a male hero in The Question.
While not a hero explicitly DC has a transwoman supporting character in Batgirl. (And I’m not even counting the trans characters in Vertigo books.)
It has Alan Scott being gay inthe Nu52 continuity, 
I know Grace Choi was bisexual pre-reboot (I don’t know the current status)
Had a gay black teen hero in the Superboy & the Ravers comic in the 90s, as well as the character of Obsidian who was a major supporting character in the JSA.

The idea of characters of color or a different gender taking the place of legacy characters is nothing new for DC.
Like I mentioned, a lesbian Latin@ became the Question, there was an asian woman hero Doctor Light, a black woman Doctor Midnight, a Latina became the new Wildcat.

Now I mentioned I’d get back to movies later on and, let’s look at DC & Marvels movies in terms of ethnicity here, most notably the recent casting rumors.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson basically said he’d be playing Shazam.
Shazam, a previously white hero, played by a Black & Samoan man.

Aquaman, if rumors are to be believed, will be played by Jason Momoa.
Aquaman, a white blonde haired, blue eyed hero, played by a Samoan man.

Meanwhile over at Marvel….Well Falcon and Rhodey get to exist, but they’re up to this point still just little more than sidekicks to the white heroes in the movies.
Marvel makes a movie about a superhero team and goes “Yeah, everyone is still white as they were in the 1960s.” 
DC looks at their superhero team and says “We need to make the team more diverse, even if it means changing the race of the heroes” and people act like they’re some super regressive company.


I’m fine with folks preferring one company over the other.
I’m fine with folks being excited Marvel is having legacy characters change race and/or gender with who gets to pick up the legacy.

But as a lifelong comic fan it’s kinda annoying to see people praising Marvel as super progressive for doing shit DC did in the 80s and still does to this day.

Especially when with Marvel it’s coming across far more as a blatant publicity grabs.

Posts like this bother me. It’s so one-sided. Why? Marvel and DC are companies run by a lot of different people over several decades. They change and grow. Why do you have to put one over they other? I know the OP said it’s fine to like one company over the other, but it really seems like they are trying to throw Marvel under the bus. I don’t want to be one of those fanboys that picks a fight, but I guess I am going to be. First, I’m only going to talk about the comics. The movies and TV programs are an entirely different discussion.

Marvel has been doing progressive work from the beginning. Falcon handled the struggles that people of color deal with in poverty stricken urban areas as a social worker. Fantastic Four and Hulk dealt with serious discussions about scientific ethics. Black Panther covered complex politics and the effects of colonialism. X-Men told stories that mirrored the American Civil Rights movement. This was all in the 60’s.

Let’s discuss the X-men. They have always been about racism, bigotry, and discrimination. Sure, the first generation of X-Men was about white kids dealing with racism, but ever since All New, All Different in the 70’s (which introduced Storm, Proudstar, Nightcrawler, Banshee, etc.) the X-men has been one of the most diverse titles in American comics. The New Mutants had a teenage Vietnamese girls as the team leader in the 80’s. And after her, a Native American girl took over as co-leader. That team actually had more people of color than white characters. The X-Men have had members of various ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and backgrounds. Also, the X-Men have always been leaders when it comes to complex female characters. Storm was the leader of the X-Men for an extended time period. It’s ridiculous to disregard all of this.

Wonder Woman is amazing. So is Black Canary, Vixen, Grace Choi, Batgirl, and all the other brilliant DC heroines. But that is no reason to discount Carol Danvers, Rouge, the Invisible Woman, Black Widow, and the rest of the female heroes of the Marvel U. But, maybe I’m reading into the post too much and the OP is not devaluing Marvels heroes. It’s just hard not to see it that way.

The OP suggests that people shouldn’t congratulate Marvel for doing things now that DC was doing in the 80’s. Except Marvel was doing those things, too. Marvel had the first openly gay superhero in Northstar in the 90’s. At that same time, Marvel was doing stories about people living with HIV and recovering from drug addiction. So, was DC. Because there were talented storytellers at both companies, as they are today. (Oh and Marvel had the first same-sex marriage as well.)

The OP also suggests that Marvel’s recent progressive steps are mere publicity stunts. I assume the OP is referring to the news about Captain America and Thor. I can’t disagree with this when it some to these two specific items. But I can say that one of Marvel’s top series is Captain Marvel, which is starring and written by a woman. Marvel also introduced a Muslim teenage woman of color as the lead of her own title to much success (Ms. Marvel). And that’s not the first Muslim teenager to come from Marvel, let’s not ignore Monet and Dust. Over the past year Marvel has introduced 7 titles starring women with top talent. I repeat when I say with top talent. Marvel has faith in their female characters. DC may outnumber Marvel in titles, but certainly not in quality. (But I am excited for the new teams coming to Catwoman and Batgirl.)

Milestone Comis was fantastic, but that happened because of Dwayne McDuffie and a fantastic team of artists and writers. DC agreed to publish their work, but don’t act like this was some degree from DC editorial. Marvel, on the other hand, had just as many people of color as heroes in their main universe.

I am a full time Marvel fanboy, but to say that Marvel has consistently been more progressive than DC would be silly. It is just as silly suggesting DC has been more progressive than Marvel. There are certainly times when one company has been more innovative than the other, but one has never been consistently better than the other. That’s what the OP’s post suggests, an it’s simply wrong.

I apologize if I come across as aggressive. I guess I’m just too sensitive when it comes to representation in comics. We all deserve to express our opinions without feeling attacked.

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What Cultural Appropriation is NOT

littledoomwitch:

chaotically-neutral:

Cultural appropriation is real and can be very harmful, but Tumblr en masse has grossly misdefined it. Here are some examples of what isn’t cultural appropriation:

- Eating food from another culture
- Properly practicing a religion from another culture.
- Listening to music from another culture
- Reading literature from another culture
- Learning a new language
- Respectfully wearing clothing from another culture in an appropriate setting, such as overseas, at a cultural event, wedding, etc.
- Buying crafts from local craftsman.
- Respectfully participating in cultural activities such as yoga, dreidel, and belly dancing
- Respectfully wearing or using non-sacred icons or art from another culture, such as Chinese pottery or in some cases, henna.
- Trying out instruments and tools from another culture, such as chopsticks or traditional writing instruments

Many people from other cultures are actually offended when Americans try to fight “cultural appropriation”. For example, many Japanese people thought that criticism of Avril Lavigne’s video was laughably ignorant at best and racist at worst. Also, in many countries, Americans who refuse to partake in cultural activities or traditional dress out of fear of appropriation are seen as snobbish and entitled. Additionally, many religions actively encourage evangelization. Saying that religions traditionally practiced by non-white people cannot freely spread has some very racist implications.

Being culturally literate actively fights racial prejudice or ignorance. Taking the time to learn another culture’s history, values, perspective, and traditions makes people better citizens. For example, understanding how various cultures and religions view illness will help me be a better nurse. Cultural competence can only help society, and it prevents genuine, offensive cultural appropriation.

There are definitely some gray areas when it comes to cultural appropriation. Some Christians find non-Christians using crosses in fashion offensive, while some do not, for example. Intent can also carry some significance. For example, someone may fully understand the sacred meaning of the ankh and feel a strong spiritual connection to it. Another person may just think it looks cool. Both wear an ankh ring, but one would definitely not be appropriating while the other has entered a gray area.

Some cultural practices overlap as well. Tattooing has been practiced around the world by many cultures that didn’t come into contact with each other, for example. Meditation has also been practiced around the world. Buddhist mediation is arguably the best known, but nearly every culture and religion has one or more varieties of it. (I personally like the method practiced in Ancient Ireland best, because it’s the only one I personally know that allows one to think exclusively in words. It’s not physically possible for an NLDer to “turn off” verbal thinking, so most other forms of meditation are inaccessible.)

Historically, separating cultures often leads to cultural incompetence, xenophobia, discrimination, stereotyping, and racism. Cultural appropriation is bad, but that doesn’t make cultural segregation good.

hell yes to all of this post.

and I’d like to point out how many times it says “respectfully” or “properly”. this is important, people. read it and understand it.

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