I found this thanks to my Mass Effect roleplaying tumblr of all things, but now I want to ship this so much.
I found this thanks to my Mass Effect roleplaying tumblr of all things, but now I want to ship this so much.
I managed to unlock the collector, and omg, so weird to play. Started getting used to its abilities, but I do not think I could ever get used to watching the insect person walk around as my avatar. Just.
You turn its skin different colors as if its armor. BRIGHT PINK COLLECTOR! Lime green collector!
It did inspire a desire to start an rp blog starring my poor sentient Collector. I’d probably name it Bob or Josephine, because I can’t take the idea that some Collectors magically gained sentience after their base was destroyed/taken as a war trophy and joined the battle against the reapers.
Hey this is gonna be a little rant post! It’s just something I need to get off my chest!
I know a lot of people here on tumblr make fun of “sjb” and how “omgz ur tryin to change da worl on the internet ur a dum hahaha” lemme give you a little story
before i was on tumblr i was your average cookie cutter wannabe pro artist and knew nothing about nothing, the whole “social justice” (i hate calling it that because its really just basic morals) thing. I know some of you might remember my mlp superheroine series let me say that this is probably the thing that I have drawn that I am most ashamed of ever.
While on deviantART the reception of this was great, on tumblr it wasn’t so much and at first it made me angry that people didn’t like it. I never replied it but I thought things like “don’t like it don’t look at it” or “fuq u i draw what i want draw ur own then lol” but the message these people were trying to get across to me never really GOT across to me until months later.
Yes there is a lot of things wrong with that series, I stripped my favorite characters off of their very own personalities to make them into your cookie cutter white able bodied “”babe”“” comic book females. And what terrifies me now is that at the moment it felt so natural, I drew them almost unthinkingly, just one after the other, the way my brain was used to drawing girls, because as an artist, by comic books I was taught “this is what girls look like in comic books”. I never once thought of making them POC or chubbier, or not able bodied, or trans*, or just making them be REAL girls for christ sake. The thought never crossed my mind at all and it really turns my stomach how brainwashed I was because I am a poc myself, yet I neglected making any of them a poc. It was almost automatic to me that when the idea came to me to make them superheroes was cookie cutter girls.
I was even posted on eschergirls, and at first when I read the post I felt angry and attacked, especially at the comments, but then I realized they were right. They were right to feel hurt and tired of the same old thing. And for that I apologize deeply from the bottom of my heart.
So to all those people that tell other “sjb” that they’re not gonna change anything let me tell you that I for one have to disagree, because it’s changed me, and while I am the same artist that drew those humanizations, I promise you I am not the same person. And to all the artists who feel victimized or attacked by a critique, try to look past the anger (if critique is worded angrily), and try to read what the person was really trying to say. Sure it’s true that people should be considerate to artists, but I also think as artists we’ve got to know how powerful art is and how it affects the people that see it.
Lastly, no it’s not wrong to draw “”“babes”“” but think of the societal standards of a babe and what constitutes it. Are you really drawing what you think a beautiful woman looks like or what you were taught a beautiful woman looks like?
Again sorry for the rant, I really felt the need to clarify this, and sincerely sorry if my art has ever made anyone feel bad in any way.
Wow. I just kinda stumbled upon this. o_o As I recall, I didn’t post it as an official EG thing (it’s fan art), but because somebody talked about it, and it was on some news site, I just commented at how generic they ended up looking when made into superheroines, and just as an example of how when people think “superheroine” they think a very narrow look (and skin tone). I actually really liked your art style. :) I don’t think you should be ashamed of it. It’s well drawn. And it’s part of your learning and growing process as an artist. Don’t be ashamed. :)
And you’re really right on how we can internalize messages about how things should look. I’m East Asian, but when I create heroes, I still default them to white a lot. Because almost every superheroine we see in fiction looks a certain way, when we think “superheroine” we think that look.
But, wow. I really admire the way you viewed criticism, and more to the point, how you managed to separate your emotions from seeing the criticism (which is very understandable), from what was being said. I’m sure some complaints you felt were off-base or just ad-hominems, but that you didn’t just dismiss everything and you evaluated them, is really cool. :) I’m not just saying that because I agree with what you said, but that I really do think it’s important to be able to consider criticism, be able to set it aside if you don’t agree, or learn from it if you do, but not just lash out and then forget about the whole thing, which is a really automatic thing to want to do.
Also, love what you said at the end. :)
Given that I have some responsibility for drawing attention to your art, I also want to draw attention to this. :) (Also, because what you said is awesome.)
Uhm I call BULLSHIT.
And this is why I don’t follow that blog.
Brb facepalming into the sun
Did anyone actually read the source? Because it gets worse.
According to the article, the subjects were 88 pairs of undergraduate students. The actual findings were that the male students were more likely to feel their “friendship” with their female friends could easily become, or already was on some level, romantic in nature. They were also likely to assume the feeling was mutual, with their estimation of their female friends’ attraction corresponding directly to their own attraction to the female friend, while the female students were more likely to assume the relationship was entirely platonic on both ends as stated beforehand (probably because that’s how communication works, in my opinion.) Male students were also more likely to consider female acquaintances and friends who were already in relationships to be valid targets for courtship, while female students were more likely to take the male acquaintance’s relationship status into account, though both genders ranked general attractiveness in about the same way. Nowhere in the article does it cite statistics from this research, quote the paper directly, or link to the paper or its authors. Its framing is frankly ludicrous, given the limited scope of the project and the multiple ways in which the results could be explained. However, even the article itself does not go so far as to state that men and women are psychologically incapable of being friends- it states that men and women are likely to perceive a platonic relationship differently and then implies that this makes such platonic relationships highly difficult, but doesn’t give a cause for the difference.
So it’s a small, poorly described study done on a tiny, highly biased sample, about which some tremendous assumptions were made for the sake of an attention grabbing pop science article, and this tumblr managed to make that worse.
On the importance of Magical Girl Heroines & Weaponized Femininity:
Let me start by saying that officially speaking, Sailor Moon is older than I am. I started watching while living in Singapore while I was four, so I definitely came in around the end of Sailor Moon R and watched Sailor Moon S despite the fact that it was played in Japanese with Chinese subtitles. When I moved back to the States, Sailor Moon started being released and aired in sub and dub form and being young and happy to actually hear a language I understood with a show I already liked, I watched the dubs. They’re not the shining star of any animated dub, but I went back several times as I got older, and rewatched the series, in dubs, in subs, all 200 episodes. I changed my self-identified scout, I understood what got cut out of the show, what was censored, I went back and relived my crush on Tuxedo Mask again…and again. In terms of “formative media” Sailor Moon is probably near the top of the list. I still have the sticker book I had when I was 5/6 that has a page dedicated to these magical girls, and they’ve been with me a lot longer than almost anything else, including Harry Potter, Avatar: the Last Airbender, and most other narratives, superhero, fantasy, or otherwise.
When I got the chance last year, I showed one of my girl cousins (who was twelve) the first episode of Sailor Moon. She came back to me about a week or so later and was maybe thirty episodes into the series, bursting with excitement over everything and every one.
I stopped to think about how much that meant to me. Then I thought a little harder. One of my best friends gave me an opportunity to cosplay as Sailor Scouts, and I leapt at the chance. I accidentally stumbled across the newer series Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and marathoned all twelve episodes. Then I made my best friend watch it.
Why does Mahou Shoujo stick with us? The show I loved when I was six is something I love when I’m twenty, and something my cousin who is a tween also loves. For that matter, Puella Magi is, essentially, an update of the classic Magical Girl story, with some genre subversions thrown in. What makes magical girls so important?
It clicked, today, and I think I’m stating the obvious here, when I say I didn’t get a whole hell of a lot of Female Coming of Age narratives in school, in the media, or otherwise. The word bildungsroman is practically synonymous with “story about a young boy who grows up”. It’s not that I can’t relate to those narratives - I can - it’s just that they’re not about me.
The Magical Girl genre is essentially a genre which explores the female Heroine’s arc, the female coming of age story, and the womanhood narrative with varying degrees of success or failure — but it gets explored. I’d be hard pressed to name a whole lot of series that allow women to play every single archetypal role in the heroic book the way say, Sailor Moon does. Because Usagi Tsukino is a regular girl who is sort of clumsy and a bit of a bad student, but kind and loving and sweet. She is the “regular young girl” who begins a journey into becoming a powerful woman. She might initially play at being the virginal Princess type, but let’s face it — her future child drops out of the sky, and there’s never any sort of real play at insinuating she’s a bad person because she grows up. Usagi is a Warrior, a Queen, a Mother, a Lover, a Friend, a Sister - the Heroine of the story. She saves her own boyfriend/consort’s ass regularly from the bad guys. Essentially, she’s the hero, and the story is about her.
It’s more complex than that, of course. Her weapons are pink and shiny and come in the form of compacts and wands with heart and moon shapes. She wears a sailor fuku, she’s got long flowing hair, she’s feminine, beautiful, and when she doesn’t trip first, she’s going to kick your ass in the name of the moon (and love and justice). Being a girl is her weapon. Being feminine and a woman is her weapon. Some of the other Scouts have other presentations of themselves and their genders, but that’s just it - womanhood and girlhood, and gender, and sexuality, and so on — has a spectrum. It’s all there.
Now look at Puella Magi. At only twelve episodes it packs a hard punch, and it’s so easy to claim that Kyubey represents the devil, with a contract waiting to be made to essentially use your soul to fight witches. This claim that the narrative is Faustian isn’t wholly wrong, but I’d argue it’s not all there is either.
Kyubey isn’t the devil. Kyubey is the society we live in, which takes up and preys on young girls at vulnerable times in their lives, and asks them to be perfect. Society asks girls to fight against evil, the icky, awful, and impure, and it keeps asking until we say yes. Yes to being beautiful, and perfect, and good, and pure, and sweet, yes to being a nice young lady, yes to fighting everything that is bad and evil and dangerous - to fighting the things that threaten us and our friends.
Except there’s a catch. We’re fighting ourselves. What they don’t tell you, society, or Kyubey in this metaphor, is that there is no way to prevent yourself from becoming what you started out fighting. You lose, in this scenario, every time. At some point, a young, “emotionally volatile” girl grows up and becomes a woman. One day, you hit puberty, or maybe you haven’t yet, and someone leers at you, or looks at you wrong, or calls after you and you are suddenly made aware of the fact that being a woman is dangerous. Growing up means something incredibly different for girls than it does boys.
And this is something Kyubey himself says, and the implications of it are astounding. Girls become women. Magical girls become witches. There’s no stopping it, the process happens whether you want it to or not. You grow up, sure, but there’s a reason for it. Sayaka Miki fights relentlessly against the evils she sees in the world, but she becomes obsessed with her imperfections and failures, she berates herself for falling short of her own standards, and for standards thrust upon her, and she literally can not win. The standards are always changing, they can’t be met, they’re meant to keep you fighting, but only in a certain way, only the way society wants you to. Sayaka loses her cool, she overhears some men say awful, horribly misogynistic and sexist things about their ‘girlfriends’ on a train, and she loses it. Sayaka reacts to the endless stream of hatred and misogyny set up in a patriarchal society that has been asking her to fight against women who failed to met society’s expectations and while we don’t see the results of her losing her cool on the train directly, we can all imagine that she could have beaten these men up, or she could have killed them. In the end, the result doesn’t matter. The losing her temper does.
You become a witch or a bitch the day you fight back. And even if you don’t fight back, you’re going to become a witch or a bitch eventually. That’s the unfortunate truth of growing up female — sooner or later, society will betray you. And while you might not become Walpurgisnacht, it can be as simple as a hiss in your ear, or a seething message in your inbox. You’re an emotionally out of control girl, you’re evil, you’re bad, you’re a slut, a whore, or a bitch, or hysterical, or over reacting. You become a woman in a society that hates women. And if and when you react, you get tossed straight into the bin of evil terrible things.
Puella Magi is a story about young teenager girls who, while exploring who they are as people, their sexualities, their lives, their desires, hopes, wants, wishes, and dreams — find out that society is going to see them as shitty monstrous plagues upon the world sooner or later. And you can try to stop it, or take it back, or hold out hope, or you can lose your unholy shit and hit back. You can say the idea of witches is complete and utter bullshit, and women and girls don’t deserve that fate. You can fight against it, you can be Madoka Kaname, or Usagi Tsukino and you can fight against people who prey on other girls and women for having anything special or bright about them and try to make it something terrible or wrong.
Magical Girl stories are stories about growing up and becoming a woman, and protecting other women, saving other women, following desires and dreams and wishes and then kicking the bad guys in the face with your high heeled boots. The weapon is womanhood and girlhood and your sexuality because that’s the weapon society gave you and told you you were going to hurt yourself with it. Except the thing is, you don’t have to hurt yourself. You can protect yourself, and your friends, and your ideas, and feelings, and some days, yes, you fall down on your knees and sob messily because you can’t defeat every bad guy on your own, or ever, or alone - but goddamnit you have the ability to take power in your agency and who you are. Society doesn’t OFTEN tell girls that. We don’t often get the message that who we are is okay, acceptable, powerful, or amazing, much less that it’s also okay if we don’t succeed every single time. We know the fight is a part of our lives, but survival is the minimum. Getting stories about winning beyond that is amazing.
This is why I cringe when people complain loudly that there aren’t “Magical Boy” series for them to watch. To start with, there are already several series that involve young boys transforming with magical powers and skirts/wands/sparkles/etc. There’s also an abundance of already available fantasy male heroes who start off on Hero’s journeys that describe the process of growing up and becoming a “man” in society. Magical Girls are a genre that rely on a female narrative, on becoming a woman, on relative experiences of love and sex and dreams and wishes that are influenced by the treatment of women in society. That doesn’t mean men can enjoy these stories, or relate to them, or that people who don’t fall in the binary gender spectrum can’t relate to them (on the contrary, there’s a lot of reliability in not “fitting” gender roles or expectations in the series I’ve just mentioned), it just means that this genre is built on something very specific to a narrative that is not male dominated, that isn’t a male narrative. There’s, uh, a reason why Mamoru Chiba is the major male love interest, and why PMMM features one male love interest who ends up with someone else. The ability to find WOC and QWOC in Magical girl series is also a big part of the genre, and pushes the majority of the focus on female pleasure rather than the dudes. Yes, the Male Gaze exists in much of the genre, but… Tuxedo Mask is also clearly a young girl’s dream man. So is Sailor Uranus. The crushes and loves are often more fluid than they would be elsewhere, and equally important, they’re not in the perspective of Prize/Not prize and give an active role to the women in the relationships.
Magical Girls are important to real girls because they tell us stories about ourselves and our powers, and we need them, because girls need to see themselves as heroes and saviors too.
I’ve found an article about modern armour for American female soldiers serving in Afghanistan - more specifically that the military finally bought armour that actually fits women.
It’s obviously not art, but I thought it could be interesting for other followers of Women Fighters: http://www.themarysue.com/women-armor-ships-out/
I am shaking over how BEAUTIFUL this is!
Imagine how easy it would be to travel across the US with high-speed rail!
Imagine how many JOBS would be created!
Yeah, it would basically be manual labor, but that would put thousands of Americans back to work!
MAKE THIS HAPPEN, AMERICA!
This would be brillliant. If I ended up working in Philly I could get to my friends in nyc in an hour? i’m sold.
and none for Montana bye
There’s a very faint gray line that runs through Montana, so maybe that would be a future railway down the road when the bare bone rails are fully functional.
Pick up NY friends, and then we all ride on down to Florida for DIDNEY WORL.
chicago would practically be a suburb of new york
This would be amazing. All the jobs. All the travel. All the fun.
I might actually be able to see my mom with some frequency! I could go to my favorite coffee shop again! I could take day drips to visit Jenn! This would be amazing!
MSWCons would be more than just a beautiful dream…
*descends into anti-current governor feels for delaying and/or blocking progress of this in her area*
Such a great theory!
Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card is a board member at the National Organization for Marriage, one of the largest, most visible, and most vocal anti-gay organizations. Card stands to personally make a fair amount of money due to this film. A fair amount of that money will go to fund NOM and other anti-LGBT causes.
I really enjoy Card’s writing, but I can no longer enrich him. Do not see this film. Do not buy his books. There are many fine actors in this film, and the crew is no doubt full of great people who deserve to make a living, but that’s not reason enough to see it.
Boycott Ender’s Game.
Welp, that’s worth a signal boost.
OSC is a horrible, horrible person.
Amen. If you simply must see this movie, hit me up and I will send you a link to it for you to download or stream. A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME
…oh. man that sucks.
Because I didn’t see any links proving if this was true or not. I decided to look, and I found this.
FACT: When Orson Scott Card visted New Zealand for the 2003 NZSF Convention “Emoticon”, my girlfriend at the time and I were asked not to be publically affectionate in order to not upset him. Like, not holding hands. :-\
I don’t know how there are people out there who still don’t know this, but, you know, yeah. Don’t support OSC. My favourite post about this has always been Orson Scott Card, meet Alan Turing, at blogs.feministsf.net (which seems to be down right now, hence the wayback link).
“No, legalizing gay marriage is not about making it possible for gay people to become couples.
It’s about giving the left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.” - Orson Scott Card
Do NOT give this man your money. PLEASE.
:( Welp, looks like I won’t be finishing the book either.