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Comic Book Readers
Little girls read comics from the very beginning of their incarnation??
“Girl reading comic book in newsstand” by Teenie Harris (c. 1940-1945) © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
That sound you hear is thousands of wangsting sexist fanboys shrieking in horror.
Comics are for everybody. <3
Anonymous asked: Someone forgets I pay attention, sweetheart. As I've said a few times before, you're going to have to wait until July for anything further. If NZ does extradite Dotcom, they can do the same to me when and if the Feds ask. Too bad they've had to wait two and a half years, kike bitch.
I apologize for the language above, but it is left whole to show a rather ugly point.
So: My ask box is closed now.
And I’m doing something very, very, very rarely do, and my friends have been begging me to do about this whole thing since day one: meet it head on.
The above ask was sent in by my stalker. This is why my ask box remains closed.
Maybe it is time to show what stalking really is and does.
Imagine getting messages, the type of which make the above seem mild and sweet (add in sexual threats, death threats, and vows to be up to this forever), any time you have any ability for anyone to contact you.
Every day. At times multiple times a day, sometimes in a stream of messages that clog your inbox.
And when you never once address that, they start contacting your friends, your sister, your parents. Your brother in law. Your infant nephew/godson.
Threatens them consistently. Sends them packages. Sends them postcards. Look sup their private info and parade it in front of them.
For 5.5 years.
Things that thus far haven’t helped: An arrest. An international warrant. International attention. Stays in mental health facilities. Nothing deters this behavior.
Stalking is one of the crimes that takes the victim out of the equation, because of how likely it is that being in it exacerbates the situation. And if we do nothing and let the world exist like this, we are enabling a kind of malice that could threaten the very positive and at times powerful ways we exchange ideas and connect to each other.
The Internet is the wild west, and at some point the cavalry’s gotta come in, here.
The FBI has been amazing but are limited by a foreign nation’s wish to completely ignore a situation that has been proven many times over to exist.
I can only be so defiant in private while balancing the need for my and my family’s safety.
You may think, “I’ve seen her at LeakyCons, she’s not affected by this at all!” Never make an assumption by the strength someone is able to project that they are unaffected. And never assume that someone who doesn’t give her life over to something negative completely - disappear from the internet, etc - doesn’t just as much peace and justice as those whose lives lose major functions because of this activity. There is sometimes a paternalistic rise in compassion that rises to meet the level to which a person has been affected. If we start judging that way, we forget that no matter the victim and no matter the effect, the crime is the same and it must be stopped.
So there you go. A glimpse into my life.
If you wish to stand against stalking, please reblog; and as a bonus, please add your own thoughts about the necessity that a country’s law enforcement agency (in this case New Zealand’s) starts to take this seriously.
This may be the most important thing I ever reblog, and I really hope you take the time to read it.
I’ve known Melissa throughout much of this and I’ve seen the hurt and damage it has caused. I’ve seen her get not one, but HUNDREDS of highly graphic and possibly viable rape and death threats from this stalker. The notes come into every part of Melissa’s life, pretty much every day. They are both electronic and physical. They go to her family. They threaten everything about her life.
The note you see above is NOTHING compared to some that have come in.
I also get notes from this stalker. As I post this, I set myself up to get more. I send them to the FBI, as I have been instructed. The case file grows.
This has gone on for five and a half years.
It’s hard to keep silent while someone goes through this.
I hope that the stalker actually gets the medical treatment she so desperately needs. She is a danger to herself as much as anything else. I have gotten at least one letter from her that was a detailed suicide threat. She has also cut her own wrists and posted the picture online. She very, very much needs help.
I hope Melissa gets justice. She needs her life back.
And I hope this helps pave a way for more victims of online stalking to get the help and protection they need.
Trans Princess Jasmine
This is a nice thought, but there’s just no way it’s canon. For one, Aladdin takes place hundreds of years ago, well before the advent of gender reassignment surgery. Jasmine has large breasts and a very curvy figure; if she was born (biologically) male, how could she possibly have these features without the help of hormones or surgery?
And the thing about the sultan trying to “force Jasmine not to be a woman” is bullshit. He was very overprotective of Jasmine because her mother died and she was all he had left; he even says in the beginning of the movie that he’s not going to be around forever and wants to make sure that Jasmine is well-provided for. He wasn’t trying to “punish” her at all, he was just being an overprotective father with good intentions.
And I’m don’t think the whole “Jasmine was sexualized so she MUST be trans because trans women are sexualized” makes sense. She was sexualized because Jafar was secretly a perv who lusted after Jasmine. He wanted her to be his Queen, and because she refused, he forced her to be.
This whole post is really grasping at straws.
It always makes me sad when people insist that trans people didn’t exist until the invention of gender reassignment surgery. Trans people have existed in various forms for millenia, even having specific callouts in the Torah, the Bible, and the Koran. We have neolithic burial sites for transgender people dating back to the Corded Ware culture predating recorded human history (sorry for the wayback trip; I was an anthropology major) some 5,000 years ago! And techniques to safely remove the testes were old before Egypt became an empire. Arabic culture, around the era Aladdin was set, was among the most scientifically and medically advanced civilizations ONE EARTH at the time, and had a word for trans women (mukhannathun), as well as a medical treatment to remove the scrotum and penis.
If an individual’s gonads (testes or ovaries) are removed early enough, they don’t experience any noteworthy development of secondary sex characteristics. In the case of a mukhannathun like Jasmine, she would never broaden out or develop a denser male bone structure, would never develop facial hair, would retain smaller feet and hands.
Hormone therapy, which has existed since the beginning of Egypt and China, would simply let that mukhannathun form develop like any other teenage girl, sans a uterus. Many trans girls, especially trans girls who start out young (as Jasmine has), turn out just as curvy as cis girls.
As for the sexualization issue, being sexualized doesn’t mean a character MUST be trans. It’s just another drop in the evidence bucket.
Besides, we’re arguing the realism of a trans girl being too curvy in a world with genies, sorcerers, talking caves, and smooth ladies-man flying carpets. Jasmine being trans might be the most believable aspect of this movie.
An additional evidence-based post on that last post about Jasmine being trans.
There has been as lot of fan discussion about Frozen over the past several months, a movie that has (justifiably) stirred strong feelings on both sides of the spectrum. It’s a movie that deserves to be talked about, balanced as it is between being Disney’s first major animated feature directed by a woman and containing some progressive notions of sisterhood and staggeringly obvious allegories to growing up queer, and the blatantly racist white-washing of history and the problematic comments of its head of animation complaining that women are hard to animate because emotions. I’m glad it’s stirring debate and that the debate raising awareness, and will hopefully lead us to a future with better, more inclusive animated features for everyone.
But why does no one ever talk about the fact that Jasmine is trans?
Disney’s Aladdin came out 22 years ago. It is old enough to drink. And it gave us the first transgender Disney princess, but no one ever talks about her being trans. Why not?
Jasmine is a princess with no ladies in waiting, no handmaidens, no female servants of any kind. In fact, the only servants she has are guards. Male guards. Male guards who are very clearly not intended to be eunuchs. That’s… a bit odd, especially considering her father is obsessed with keeping her isolated and hidden in the palace, and with strictly obeying marriage laws which, we can assume (since three men stand around arguing over who gets to
deflowermarry her) depend heavily on her remaining a virgin.
But we see later in the movie that the Sultan can change the marriage laws on a whim. This speaks to a man trying to teach his child a lesson about how hard it is being a woman. It speaks to a man trying to convince his daughter not to be a woman.
Jasmine’s only companion besides her creepy male guards and out-of-touch father is her pet tiger, Raja. The princess’s tiger is literally named “Prince.” And her “prince,” which seems large and scary at first glance despite being loveable and fun, keeps driving away male suitors. And what’s one of the first things Jafar decides he needs to do when he wants to sexualize Jasmine? He shrinks her tiger.
And let’s talk about that red outfit Jafar puts her in. Jasmine is one of the few Disney princess to be overtly sexualized. And if there’s one things cis people love to do, it’s sexualize trans women. After all, changing your gender presentation can’t be about seeing the world through more genuine eyes or being a more fulfilled person, like Jasmine talks about wanting in her introduction; it must be about sex. It’s not exactly a trope in Disney movies that the heroine needs to be vamped up when captured; The Horned King doesn’t sexualize Eilonwy, Beast doesn’t put Belle in something more revealing, Malificent doesn’t sexualize Aurora (despite Malificent obviously being gay). Even Disney’s other princesses of color don’t end up getting that kind of egregious treatment, even though white people love to eroticize women of color.
Jasmine hails from one of the most medically- and scientifically-literate cultures in the ancient world. A culture that already had a concept of transgender women, and has transgender priestess of various faiths. So it’s hardly a stretch to believe it isn’t appropriate for a fantastical, Arabian-knights-style setting.
So let’s talk about this. Let’s stop hiding the fact. Maybe it was too taboo to discuss in 1992, but it’s 2014 now and Jasmine is Disney’s first trans princess, and more people need to know.
This is a fascinating take on Jasmine’s character that I’ve never thought about before! If you look at the cultural and societal expectations of the world Aladdin is set in, I can definitely see this as a valid argument for Jasmine.
I’m sorry for all the idiotic comments this post is getting, it’s because of those that I really felt the need to comment so that you’d know not all people reading this are bigoted and rude.
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in movies when kids sneak out through their windows and im just like why dont you have screens in your windows who doesnt have screens in their windows what do you just let bees and bugs and birds and shit fly into your room what the fuck
this is why you guys had the black plague.
The window of my room at my first host family’s house would have been perfect to sneak out of, had there been a tree next to it (3rd floor). There was a bar across at waist height when you sat on the ledge to keep you from falling out.