it always disappointed me that Monster Girls are an anime porn thing rather than something used to explore the way society and the media dehumanises women, but oh well
shout out to all my fellow monsters
HEAD LOPPER Pinup by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart.
The Head Lopper 2 pinup gallery was already going to be amazing, but now… now…
Huge thanks to Mike and Dave. A true honor to include it.
Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.
Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.
Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.
Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.
Can we not address that n>1 women that wear the veil do so not out of their own choice, but because the consequences for not doing so can be horrendous?
You know, don’t rip the veil off women in the street, and if someone is happily advocating for wearing it, whilst wearing it, then yeah, whatever floats their boat. But some women DO wear the veil solely because they’re oppressed, just like some sex workers are only sex workers because they’re forced (I’m using that as an example because I AM a sex worker, and I will draw the distinction between SSWs and sex-workers-by-choice and people-involved-in-sex-related-human-trafficking).
So many people seem to pretend that *everyone* who wears the veil does it because they’re more comfortable in it and it’s all a beautiful spiritual choice, rather than (anonymised example from someone I used to know) because their uncle will stop paying their tuition fees and kick them shitless if they don’t.
Obviously there are tons of women out there who have to dress and act a certain way because they’re forced to. I’m not saying every woman gets to choose. But 1: for those that do, it’s not for anyone to criticize their choice, and 2: for those that don’t get to choose, yelling at them soooooooo doesn’t solve any problems. I would argue that the weight of the patriarchy forcing them to do something, plus feminism guilting them for doing it, is going to be twice as heavy.
If you think the patriarchy is forcing women to act/dress a certain way, take it up with the patriarchy, not with individual women.
❧ new on balderdash! • • • chapter iv, page 67, page 68, & page 69
It wasn’t uncommon for Afia to lose sleep. She slept in a windowless little room in her mother’s flat along the University Bridge. And her ambitions and obsessions could consume her for hours, and she could stay up all night writing and reading books and thinking about all the great many things in the world. Sometimes she would sleep until late, and sometimes she wouldn’t.
There was something both maddening and spiritual about her little windowless room. It was a place apart from any she’d ever known - a place where she could lose time and herself, with her only company as her little crow, Ballantyne.
Above her small bed, which was built into the wall like a seat, there was a small hatch. And when she wanted to break her wordy meditation, she would carefully remove the sheets pinned on the slanted roof, unlock the hatch, and peak out. Maybe it would still be night, or maybe it would be bright in the morning, and the sounds of boats passing and people chattering would come flowing into her silence. And sometimes, when she was lucky, she would catch the break of dawn.
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Reblogging again because it’s wonderful and got buried in my feed way too quickly
Two sweet fucking things happened today! I got the cover for issue three of Bold Riley: Unspun from Genue Revuelta AND LAUNCHED THE BOLD RILEY 2 KICKSTARTER!!
oh hey look IT’S THE THING I MADE! Head over to the kickstarter too!
Sweet! Everyone’s favorite “gateway drug” manga, Ranma 1/2 is back, in a bigger and better 2-in-1 edition from VIZ Media. Ranma 1/2 Volume 1&2 will be out on March 11, with Volume 3&4 to follow on May 6. Go buy ‘em or pre-order ‘em now!
If (gasp) you haven’t heard of Ranma 1/2, here’s VIZ’s synopsis of this gender-bending, slapstick-y romantic comedy:
Years ago, Genma promised his old friend Soun Tendo that Ranma would marry one of Soun’s three daughters and carry on the family’s martial arts school. Except that the girl picked to be Ranma’s bride doesn’t seem to like him, Ranma keeps getting into fights…and did we mention that whole changing into a girl thing?
The Ranma 1/2 anime is also back — go watch it on VIZAnime.com. :-)
We’re super excited for these re-releases, and we’ve got plenty headed to the shelves. Be sure to let us know if you want to pre-order a copy!
About damn time this book came back into print