dcwomenkickingass:

Happy 4th of July America with Wonder Woman, a Feminist
Equality is a core, fundamental belief at the heart of the Declaration of Independence which was signed 228 years ago today. Yet equality seems to be a court ruling away for anyone who does not resemble those that signed out - white men.
This week saw the United States Supreme Court open the flood gates to vague religious “objections” trumping the rights of women who need perscribed drugs. 
Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote that ”The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield” due to the Hobby Lobby ruling.
She’s right. And that minefield will be filled with bloodied dead rights of women. And now we have seen this ruling quickly being used to enable employers to deny gays employment.
Which is why I love this portrait of Wonder Woman flying over the United States Capital. I can imagine that she’s flying to have a word with the non-female court justices who voted for the small-minded hypocrites of the Hobby Lobby. 
Of course, this won’t really happen.
Wonder Woman is, we know, a fictional creation. She and her likeness is owned by a large multinational corporation who can choose to do with her what they wish.
But you can’t have things both ways.
Wonder Woman is not just a “superhero” in the same way that Batman and Superman are. She is more than that and they know it. Her likeness is sold to hundreds of companies around the world to be emblazoned onto merchandise targeted and sold to women and girls bringing in invisible planes full of cash.
The reason they can do this and do do this is because Wonder Woman is viewed as a sign of female empowerment and equality. 
She is a symbol that says women are equal to men. 
She says that women can do what men can do.
She doesn’t Lean In, she breaks the door down and cracks the ceiling.
She is a feminist.
Denying this denies the DNA of the character.
Side-stepping this or attempting to not say “Feminist” communicates a lack of understanding of the character and suggest some concerning issues around a view of women.
This is not about one writer not saying one thing.
This is a larger issue of seeing the connection of feminism with Wonder Woman as a problem.
By not using and avoiding the word it supports the demonization of the word. It helps give life to the concept of things like “Femi-Nazi”
And people who own the character and reap the rewards of marketing that character as an embodiment of female power and equality of should realize the hypocrisy of this.
I don’t want to hear about a Wonder Woman is strong and beautiful and wise and loving and fierce without hearing the word feminist too.
I’ve heard and read some horrible things about women and the concept of feminism over the last few days both on my blog and on other sites. Not only about Wonder Woman issue but the Supreme Court’s ruling as well. 
What better way to communicate the positive aspects of feminism than to reinforce that the pop culture symbol of female empowerment is a feminist by having the executives of the company who own her simply state it.
I’ll be here waiting.

via
Portrait of Wonder Woman by Steve Rude

dcwomenkickingass:

Happy 4th of July America with Wonder Woman, a Feminist

Equality is a core, fundamental belief at the heart of the Declaration of Independence which was signed 228 years ago today. Yet equality seems to be a court ruling away for anyone who does not resemble those that signed out - white men.

This week saw the United States Supreme Court open the flood gates to vague religious “objections” trumping the rights of women who need perscribed drugs. 

Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote that ”The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield” due to the Hobby Lobby ruling.

She’s right. And that minefield will be filled with bloodied dead rights of women. And now we have seen this ruling quickly being used to enable employers to deny gays employment.

Which is why I love this portrait of Wonder Woman flying over the United States Capital. I can imagine that she’s flying to have a word with the non-female court justices who voted for the small-minded hypocrites of the Hobby Lobby. 

Of course, this won’t really happen.

Wonder Woman is, we know, a fictional creation. She and her likeness is owned by a large multinational corporation who can choose to do with her what they wish.

But you can’t have things both ways.

Wonder Woman is not just a “superhero” in the same way that Batman and Superman are. She is more than that and they know it. Her likeness is sold to hundreds of companies around the world to be emblazoned onto merchandise targeted and sold to women and girls bringing in invisible planes full of cash.

The reason they can do this and do do this is because Wonder Woman is viewed as a sign of female empowerment and equality. 

She is a symbol that says women are equal to men. 

She says that women can do what men can do.

She doesn’t Lean In, she breaks the door down and cracks the ceiling.

She is a feminist.

Denying this denies the DNA of the character.

Side-stepping this or attempting to not say “Feminist” communicates a lack of understanding of the character and suggest some concerning issues around a view of women.

This is not about one writer not saying one thing.

This is a larger issue of seeing the connection of feminism with Wonder Woman as a problem.

By not using and avoiding the word it supports the demonization of the word. It helps give life to the concept of things like “Femi-Nazi”

And people who own the character and reap the rewards of marketing that character as an embodiment of female power and equality of should realize the hypocrisy of this.

I don’t want to hear about a Wonder Woman is strong and beautiful and wise and loving and fierce without hearing the word feminist too.

I’ve heard and read some horrible things about women and the concept of feminism over the last few days both on my blog and on other sites. Not only about Wonder Woman issue but the Supreme Court’s ruling as well. 

What better way to communicate the positive aspects of feminism than to reinforce that the pop culture symbol of female empowerment is a feminist by having the executives of the company who own her simply state it.

I’ll be here waiting.

via

Portrait of Wonder Woman by Steve Rude

existentialcrisisfactory:

Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.
Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold.
Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.
What Ms. Marvel’s rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics

existentialcrisisfactory:

Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold.

Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.

What Ms. Marvel’s rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics

(via butdiversityisunrealistic)

cosplayingwhileblack:

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Character: Wonder Woman
Series: DC Comics

cosplayingwhileblack:

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Character: Wonder Woman

Series: DC Comics

girldwarf:

We don’t need the prince to slay the dragon, we’re just as capable as any man. We are the heroes of the adventure, and we can write the story on our own. (inspired by)

Write women. Read women. Watch women. #matriarchytoday

welovefineshirts:

More beautiful art has been submitted for The Mary Sue Design Contest; get in on the fun, you have two more weeks to enter! Deadline is July 22nd!

Grand prize of up to $1,200! Special guest judges Felicia Day & Veronica Belmont!

(via geekandsundry)

drain-seeker:

Fake Geek Girls (x)

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tundras:

F/F Books with WOC Characters/Protagonists.

(in honour of Femslash February!)

(i’ve only read about half of these, but have been told that the other half is well worth checking out! definitely feel free to add your own recs. :) never enough books about QWOC!)

(via medievalpoc)

dresdencodak:

dresdencodak:

Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, I wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link. 

Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.

This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.

Hope you like it!

(for more info about this project, check out my FAQ)

Wow, it finally happened, my Zelda thing passed 100,000 notes! As promised, I’ll release some new content for it in the near future.

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

I can’t help but thinking that at this point in the intro, the girls are hoping the first epic quest will be to find them some real clothes… or at least pants.
I must stress, this was a morning cartoon show for children and was meant to get the a younger market (even though the rule books were not family friendly at the time) interested in Dungeons and Dragons.  The ages of the characters are supposed to range from eight to fifteen.

The girls are both essentially the same class (Acrobat was a sub-type of thief in the actual game at the time), and are given both alarmingly sexualized outfits and magic items that basically only help them stay out of the way.
The boys have more versatile classes (Ranger, Cavalier and Magician) that help the whole group and the only boy (Bobby the Barbarian) with just “strength” as his classes’ defining trait is the young one (who also gets a pet unicorn as well as a club).

I wonder why this show didn’t bring in a whole new audience and save the company from takeover.
- wincenworks

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

I can’t help but thinking that at this point in the intro, the girls are hoping the first epic quest will be to find them some real clothes… or at least pants.

I must stress, this was a morning cartoon show for children and was meant to get the a younger market (even though the rule books were not family friendly at the time) interested in Dungeons and Dragons.  The ages of the characters are supposed to range from eight to fifteen.

The girls are both essentially the same class (Acrobat was a sub-type of thief in the actual game at the time), and are given both alarmingly sexualized outfits and magic items that basically only help them stay out of the way.

The boys have more versatile classes (Ranger, Cavalier and Magician) that help the whole group and the only boy (Bobby the Barbarian) with just “strength” as his classes’ defining trait is the young one (who also gets a pet unicorn as well as a club).

I wonder why this show didn’t bring in a whole new audience and save the company from takeover.

- wincenworks

joequinones:

I’m back from a wonderful time in Charlotte this past weekend. Thanks a bunch to Shelton Drum, Rico Renzi and the Heroes crew for having me! Heroes is easily one of my favorite shows, and it continues to be amazing.

Above is a look at some of the art I made over the weekend:

Magik. Pen & ink on 9x12” bristol.

Two-Face! I drew this for Heroes Drink and Draw event that they held on Friday. Hot dogs vs. T-bone steaks. The drawing was made on a small (roughly 4x4”) coaster.

'Reign of the Superwomen.' Acrylic/mixed media on 20x30” illustration board.

This was the auction piece I painted on Saturday; a gender-flipped painting inspired by the ‘Reign of the Supermen’ arc that followed the Death of Superman comics of the early 1990’s. I had a lot of fun working on it, but it took a super long time and kept me away from my table for long spells. Apologies to anyone who missed me on Saturday. I’ll likely do something a bit smaller in scope next year.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to say hello. It was great getting to meet new fans and creators alike, as well as see some familiar faces. Until next time… 

Thanks Heroes!

kevinwada:

So HeroesCon is all over now, and I have to say, once I was packing up on the last day, it was a mix of exhaustion (and probably dehydration), and sadness.  I had so much fun and was riding such a wave of excitement and energy that once it was all said and done, I already missed it all.  Big thanks to Rico and Doug and Heather and everyone else at Heroes that I had the chance to chat with and get to know and who helped make this whole event so amazing.  This was my first real comic convention, believe it or not, and I know for a fact I will be back at Heroes next year - with my fab new amigos, babsdraws (Babs Tarr), kristaferanka, and jakewyattriot (Jake Wyatt).  It was our first time all being together (first time I even met any of them) and we hit it off like Golden Girls who have known each other for years.
To everyone who stopped by our row, thank you so much for seeing us, shooting the shit, buying goodies, and being all around pleasant and awesome people.  I had so much fun getting to know everyone who came by and having a nice chat and I apologize if I wasn’t at the table when you may have stopped by.  I was part of a watercolor panel on Sunday, so that’s my excuse.  You should have been there watching, so what’s your excuse? ;).  People asked if I would be doing anymore conventions this year and I totally brain farted and said no to everyone.  But I LIED.  I will be in Austin for Wizard World ComicCon in October so if you’re around, I’ll be there.
Anyway, I’ve said enough.  Love you all!  Let’s get those precon sketches rolling on this feed ;)

kevinwada:

So HeroesCon is all over now, and I have to say, once I was packing up on the last day, it was a mix of exhaustion (and probably dehydration), and sadness.  I had so much fun and was riding such a wave of excitement and energy that once it was all said and done, I already missed it all.  Big thanks to Rico and Doug and Heather and everyone else at Heroes that I had the chance to chat with and get to know and who helped make this whole event so amazing.  This was my first real comic convention, believe it or not, and I know for a fact I will be back at Heroes next year - with my fab new amigos, babsdraws (Babs Tarr), kristaferanka, and jakewyattriot (Jake Wyatt).  It was our first time all being together (first time I even met any of them) and we hit it off like Golden Girls who have known each other for years.

To everyone who stopped by our row, thank you so much for seeing us, shooting the shit, buying goodies, and being all around pleasant and awesome people.  I had so much fun getting to know everyone who came by and having a nice chat and I apologize if I wasn’t at the table when you may have stopped by.  I was part of a watercolor panel on Sunday, so that’s my excuse.  You should have been there watching, so what’s your excuse? ;).  People asked if I would be doing anymore conventions this year and I totally brain farted and said no to everyone.  But I LIED.  I will be in Austin for Wizard World ComicCon in October so if you’re around, I’ll be there.

Anyway, I’ve said enough.  Love you all!  Let’s get those precon sketches rolling on this feed ;)