But the point, the point, is that whenever I hear someone talking about how it’s wrong to have sex and sexiness in YA novels, what I actually hear is this:
I’m terrified that the first fictional sex a teenage girl encounters might leave her feeling good about herself. I’m terrified that fictional sex might actually make teenage girls think sex can be fun and good, that reading about girls who say no and boys who listen when they say it might give them the confidence to say no, too – or worse still, to realise that boys who don’t listen to ‘no’ aren’t worth it. I’m terrified that YA novels might teach teenage girls the distinction between assault and consensual sex, and give them the courage to speak out about the former while actively seeking the latter. I’m terrified that teenage girls might think seriously about the circumstances under which they might say yes to sex; that they might think about contraception before they need it, and touch themselves in bed at night while fantasising about generous, interesting, beautiful lovers who treat them with consideration and respect. I’m terrified of a generation of teenage girls who aren’t shy or squeamish about asking for cunnilingus when they want it, or about loving more than one person at once, and who don’t feel shame about their arousal. I’m terrified that teenage girls might take control of their sexuality and, in so doing, take that control of them and their bodies away from me.
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Hey Anne Hathaway! I think I love you now.
Matt Lauer asked Anne about that photo of her vagina and she ended her response with: “I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality among unwilling participants, which brings me back to Les Mis.”
OK, like, sure, I’m vomiting all over Les Miserables, but that’s talent. She went from vagina photo to Les Mis without even blinking. And the Oscar goes to.
Anne Hathaway also shut down (skip to about 53 seconds) Jerry Penacoli when asked about her catsuit in Dark Knight Rises, by saying, “Are you trying to lose weight? What’s the deal, man? You look great. No, no, seriously, we have to talk about this… What do you want? Are you trying to fit into a catsuit?”
Speaking of douchebag Jerry Penacoli and his sexist manner towards women, Scarlett Johansson also called him out on his BS. And it was beautiful.
Or how about that time Emma Stone called out the indifference in interview questions in comparison to her male actor counterpart?
Emma Stone: They ask who is my style icon, what’s the one thing that I can’t leave my house without. I’m always like, “My clothes!” I can pretty much leave without anything. It’s fine as long as I’m not naked.
Andrew Garfield: I don’t get asked that—
Emma Stone: You get asked interesting, poignant questions because you are a boy.
Teen Vogue: It’s sexism.
Emma Stone: It is sexism.
Or going back to Scarlett Johansson, she did almost the exact same thing (skip to around 3:00):
Reporter: I have a question to Robert and to Scarlett. Firstly to Robert, throughout Iron Man 1 and 2, Tony Stark started off as a very egotistical character but learns how to fight as a team. And so how did you approach this role, bearing in mind that kind of maturity as a human being when it comes to the Tony Stark character, and did you learn anything throughout the three movies that you made? And to Scarlett, to get into shape for Black Widow did you have anything special to do in terms of the diet, like did you have to eat any specific food, or that sort of thing?
Scarlett: “How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, “rabbit food” question?
What I’m trying to say, really, is that I love how these actresses are stepping up to the contrast of females to males in Hollywood. Even though they have to go through the sexism, inequality and general rudeness of media outlets, they’re using their popularity to stand up to it and make others question what is wrong and unjustified in the way they are being treated.
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So I went onto the actual article’s comments section and I found where all the assholes and misogynists were hiding.
Let me address something here: Female comic book characters are most CERTAINLY oversexualized. It’s definitely not an “eye of the beholder” thing, as commenter number one here seems to think. I would really like to send him a link to The Hawkeye Initiative, since it can explain through pictures the oversexualization of women in comics about ten times better than I can in words. Also he should probably look up the male gaze and learn himself WHY women find the way we are portrayed in comic books troublesome.
The second comment loses any validity it could have had with the sentence
As a fellow woman I ask you to stop projecting your menstrual rage all over an innocent little buzz article and lrn2 reading comprehension.
Oh god I forgot women only get angry about things when they are on their periods therefore their anger IS NEVER VALID RIGHT? I swear, if I had a dollar for every time I got angry and was subsequently accused of being on my period I’d have enough money to pay Gail Simone to write an independant creator-owned comic book (and I would too).
They had more comments, these two, but I feel like leaving you with this bit of stupidity is enough.
Getting really tired of shit like this and this and the above situation that happened to me this morning at 9AM and sometimes I get mad and comics come out
I actually laughed out loud at my desk. There is nothing not awesome about this comic.
So I just had to join in on the Hawkeye Initiative bandwagon, it’s just so… full of empowerment.
And then I went totally overboard.
Even gave them suggestive captions.
I feel like a predator drawing this.
(but Tony’s face! <3!)
Ok, a few people asked so these babies are now available as individual prints over at my society6.
I promise the Strong Female Characters project isn’t over yet and I’ll do some more soon.
An organization dedicated to “smart girls” created by Amy Pohler. Not exactly geekery, but can’t help but love Amy!