DC Comics · Feminism · Personal

Love is Not the Be All, End All: Why I’m Happy Batgirl and Grayson are NOT BacK Together

*Spoilers for Batgirl #45*  Pictured: A Jerk Richard Grayson was the second man I ever loved. The first was Fitzwilliam Darcy, but he was only a few months before Grayson. I vividly remember watching Teen Titans for the first time and swooning over the impossibly cool Robin. He was broody, mysterious, and very cute for… Continue reading Love is Not the Be All, End All: Why I’m Happy Batgirl and Grayson are NOT BacK Together

DC Comics · Feminism · Representation in Media

Supergirl, Super Feminist

We don’t have a Wonder Woman movie yet, but we have a Supergirl TV show. This is a huge step in the right direction. The Supergirl TV show manages, in just the pilot, to be fun, seeped in comic history, and open to new fans. Oh, and Kara is a feminist, dealing with issues that… Continue reading Supergirl, Super Feminist

DC Comics · Marvel Comics · Vertigo Comics

The History of Comic Books: A Reading List, with Documentary Suggestions

Have you ever wanted to know more about comic books but didn’t know where to start? Do you wonder what the Comic Code is, who Charles Gaines was, and wonder why Batman carries shark repellent? I have good news for you, if you also consider reading recommendations to be good news. This is by no… Continue reading The History of Comic Books: A Reading List, with Documentary Suggestions

Feminism · in the media · Marvel Comics · Marvel Movie Universe · Super Hero TV Shows

The Monster in Your Mind: Purple Man and Netflix’s Jessica Jones

*Possible Spoilers for Netflix’s Jessica Jones, and brainwashing/mind control and rape trigger warnings* When I first read about Netflix’s Jessica Jones TV show, I was interested, but not exceptionally so as I had not read many comics with the title character. The only Marvel characters I keep up with are Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Squirrel… Continue reading The Monster in Your Mind: Purple Man and Netflix’s Jessica Jones

in the media · Representation in Media · Sci-Fi

Reproductive Rights, Mystical Pregnancies, and Fictional Women

*Spoilers for most popular sci-fi/fantasy tv shows/franchises and comics* I am a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica. The show has it’s issues, I’m well aware, but it’s one of those shows that causes the viewer to have real, emotional reactions. In this specific instance, I was infuriated. It’s impossible to be a fan of women… Continue reading Reproductive Rights, Mystical Pregnancies, and Fictional Women

in the media · Intersectionality · LGBTQ+ · Representation in Media

You Should Be Watching: Steven Universe

You Should Be Watching: Steven Universe Warning! I’ve attempted to avoid spoilers, but links may lead to spoiler-y pages! Tired of shows that seem “diverse” but the non-heterosexual, non-white characters aren’t well developed, and seem to exist only to prove the main characters aren’t racist/sexist/transphobic/etc ?Tired of children’s shows that lack depth? Do you like beautiful… Continue reading You Should Be Watching: Steven Universe

Feminism · in the media

Nerd on Nerd Violence

(This short piece was inspired by a recent article linked in the piece about a cosplay photographer who coerced underage cosplayers into sending him nudes, and by my own experiences and opinions on GamerGate, online harassment, and gatekeeping.) I went to my first convention when I was seventeen years old. I’d spent weeks putting together… Continue reading Nerd on Nerd Violence

DC Comics · LGBTQ+ · Representation in Media

Ain’t No Lie, She’s Bi, Bi, Bi (Spoilers for Gotham S1 and S2)

Spoilers for Gotham Season 1 and Season 2 When an industry has been catering primarily to one specific demographic for over seventy five years, things get weird. Trends emerge, invisible to the the target demographic, but painfully obvious to those on the outside. In comic books, one of these trends is the Bi Bad Girl.… Continue reading Ain’t No Lie, She’s Bi, Bi, Bi (Spoilers for Gotham S1 and S2)