LGBT Link Round-Up 4.2.15

Michigan public school removes transgender equality post after complaints from parent, students find another way to show their solidarity with trans classmates

A school bulletin board highlighting transgender equality is sparking controversy in Marshall.

The Gay Straight Alliance recently decorated the school’s bulletin board to spread a message of acceptance for their transgender classmates.

When that was taken down, some students say their right to free speech was silenced, but the district says that’s not the case.

It was meant to promote inclusion and acceptance, but instead, the board is pinning [sic] some parents against students.

“This was surrounding a Facebook incident surrounding a mother that was very upset,” said Kate Samra, the President of the Gay Straight Alliance. “She thought it was inappropriate for the school setting and that it didn’t exhibit Christian values.”

Let her be upset. It is not the job of the public school system in the United States to “exhibit Christian values”, whatever the heck that means. Come to think of it, I guess “Christian values” don’t include tolerance, an appreciation for diversity, and inclusivity. Thankfully students were able to show their solidarity in another way:

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Ooooh, this is going to cause the right-wing blogosphere to light up with irrational anger and faux outrage. The New York chapter of the Boy Scouts hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader:

The Boy Scouts’ Greater New York Councils said they hired Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout who has been a vocal advocate of opening the 105-year-old organization to gay scouts and leaders.

Board member Richard G. Mason said the councils see Tessier as “an exemplary candidate for employment as a camp leader.”

“We welcome him,” Mason said in a statement.

The Boy Scouts of America didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about the hire. The national organization changed its policy in 2013 to allow openly gay kids as scouts, but not adults as leaders, after a bitter debate over its membership policy. The change took effect in January 2014.

Advocates for letting gays participate in scouting hailed Tessier’s hire.

“This is a watershed moment,” Zach Wahls, executive director of Scouts for Equality, said in a statement. “We are proud to see such an important Boy Scout council standing up for the full inclusion of gay members.”

When the national Boy Scouts began allowing gay boys as scouts, liberal Scout leaders and gay rights groups celebrated the shift but called for allowing gay adults to participate, too. Conservatives involved with the Scouts, including some churches that sponsor troops, decried letting any gays — including kids — participate, and some threatened to defect if the ban were lifted.

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I bet among the members of the Florida House Judiciary Committee are people frustrated over the incremental advances in LGBT rights in USAmerica. Such frustration may have played a role in the decision to pass a bill that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds. I guess they are determined to ensure that gays in Florida remain second class citizens.  And of course, they don’t give a shit about the welfare of the children.

Thursday morning the Republican-majority Florida House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would expressly allow open anti-gay discrimination on religious grounds by adoption agencies that are funded with taxpayer dollars.

The bill, HB 7111, applies to private child-placing agencies, stating they are “not required to perform, assist in, recommend, consent to, or participate in the placement of a child when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

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It adds, “The state or a local government or community-based care lead agency may not withhold a grant, contract, or participation in a government program from a private child-placing agency because of the agency’s refusal to perform, assist in, recommend, consent to, or participate in the placement of a child which violates the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

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Malta now has one of the best trans and intersex laws in the world

Malta is now leading with one of the most comprehensive laws protecting trans and intersex people in the world.

They will no longer need to have surgery, sterilization and a diagnosis of mental illness to legally change gender under a law passed yesterday (1 April).

It will also ban medically unnecessary surgery on the genitals of intersex infants.

‘To say that this Act is a groundbreaking human rights milestone is almost an understatement.’ Paulo Paulo Côrte-Real, co-chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board,said.

‘It provides an inspirational benchmark for other European countries that need to improve their own LGBTI equality standards. The Act is a beacon of hope – and bears testament to the political leadership and hard work of the LGBTI movement in Malta.’

The passage of the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act (GIGESC) followed an apology from the governent to a trans woman Joanne Cassar who was successful in her fight to marry her husband.

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Michael Sam may be joining a Canadian football team

Jim Popp, the general manager of the Montreal Alouettes, believes he has a 50/50 shot of signing the player before training starts at the end of May.

The athlete, currently appearing on Dancing With The Stars, has said he is determined to return to the game by any means necessary.

Sam made history last year when he became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team. He was later cut by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

‘The [Canadian Football League] is cut out perfectly for his style,’ Popp said. ‘It would give him the opportunity to do what he does best.’

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Angie’s List: Indiana’s RFRA fix ‘is insufficient’

Indiana lawmakers have drafted an update to the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that seeks to explain that the law cannot be used in a discriminatory fashion, but critics of the law say the “fix” doesn’t go far enough to protect LGBT Hoosiers.

The first major company to dismiss the changes was Angie’s List, the Indiana-based business-review website that has been one of the most vocal critics of the law, reports the The Indianapolis Star

“Our position is that this ‘fix’ is insufficient,” Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement Thursday morning, reported by the Star. “There was no repeal of RFRA and no end to discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana.”

The proposed amendment to the existing legislation, announced by state lawmakers Thursday, would explicitly prohibit “service providers from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods, facilities or accommodations,” reports the Associated Press. “It also bars discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service.”

But the prohibition on anti-LGBT discrimination applies only to entities affected by the so-called religious freedom bill, also known as Senate Bill 101. It does not change existing Indiana nondiscrimination law, which does not include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, education, public accommodations, or housing.

“Employers in most of the state of Indiana can fire a person simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning,” said Oesterle. “That’s just not right and that’s the real issue here. Our employees deserve to live, work and travel with open accommodations in any part of the state.”

As a result of the “insufficient” changes, Angie’s List is standing by its decision to cancel a planned expansion of its headquarters in Indianapolis, according to the Star.

This is a good thing by Angie’s List.

LGBT Link Round-Up 4.2.15
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Pop Culture Link Round Up 12.7.14

I have fond memories of playing Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario 2, and even Super Mario 3 (though I never beat that game; wish I still had it).  In my Internet wandering today, I stumbled upon this site by illustrator and designer Christopher Lee.  Lee has created a 5-print series based on the world of the Mario Brothers as seen in aforementioned games, as well as Super Mario World and Super Mario Land 2:  Six Golden Coins (neither of which have I ever played).  The prints look really nifty:

These prints (and more) can be purchased here.

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In comic book movie news, DC Comics’ Suicide Squad will be getting the live-action treatment in 2016 as part of Warner Brothers’ efforts to expand its cinematic universe.

Variety is reporting that the cast for Warner Bros / DC Entertainment film Suicide Squad has been set. Jared Leto will play the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

The film will be directed by David Ayer, produced by Charles Roven and will begin shooting next April in Toronto. The film is set to open August 5, 2016.

The role of Amanda Waller has yet to be cast but it’s said the studio is considering Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey for the part. Also, speculation is that Jesse Eisenbergwill reprise his role as Lex Luthor from Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice but that has yet to be confirmed.

To the best of my knowledge, the Joker was never a member of the Squad in the comics (not that the movies have to follow the history of the comics), and he seems really out-of-place here bc he’s such a wild card.  Perhaps that will lead to some movie magic. We’ll see.

For those unfamiliar with the Suicide Squad, here’s some backstory:

The title was resurrected by writer John Ostrander following the success of DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths event and subsequent soft-relaunch (The new Squad made their debut in a mini-series titled Legends, which also introduced new takes on the Flash, Wonder Woman and the Justice League). Keeping the name and little else, Ostrander introduced the concept of “Task Force X,” a secret government agency headed by Amanda Waller, a character who remains almost unique in superhero comics: a black woman in a position of authority whose morality is murky at best, but whose ability to get things done is unparalleled (Following her introduction, Waller quickly assumed a position of power throughout the entire DC line, and was often portrayed as an equal to Batman in the badass stakes, to give you an impression of how powerful she was).

Task Force X was a program that worked on the simple understanding that there are some missions that are too dangerous for even the most capable spies or soldiers — and so they should be carried out by convicted supervillains instead, because (a) they have superpowers, and (b) it’s not a big deal if they end up getting killed in the process. Even if they get captured, Waller figured, it wouldn’t be a problem because in the unlikely possibility that someone would believe anything a supervillain had to say, all of them were fitted with remote control explosive devices that could kill them at the flick of a switch. Win-win, surely…?

I’m sure the racist bigots of the Internet have already gotten into a tizzy over the casting of Will Smith as Deadshot (he’s white in the comics, but as with so many characters in comic books, his race is not so innately tied to his character that it can’t be changed).  My only issue with that casting bit?  So not a fan of Will Smith.

One thing I really, really hope they get right is Amanda Waller.  She is a bad-ass black woman.  She’s also one of the few female characters in comics who has traditionally been plus-sized (her nickname ‘The Wall’ stems from that somewhat, but also the fact that she’s tough and unyielding–you pretty much have to be to stand up to Batman). I say traditionally because Amanda Waller used to look like this:

In 2011, the DC Universe was rebooted (you may have read of my disdain for the reboot more than once).  One of the changes they made was to Amanda Waller. She looks like this now:

See anything different?  When it comes to representation in comics, plus-sized people are among those groups who are least represented.  The world is not made up of thin super models.  Comic book readers have been demanding better representation of minority groups, and the comics industry has been making strides. While I think Marvel is doing better than DC, the latter has made a few good moves.  Since the reboot, DC has introduced Cree superhero Equinox, Arab-American Simon Baz (Earth’s newest Green Lantern), and Brazilian ally of Aquaman, Ya’Wara. Despite this welcome influx of diversity, it saddens me that DC decided to change Amanda Waller from short and stout to tall, thin, and sexy.  We see enough of the latter in comics already. For those of us interested in more diverse comic book characters, characters who represent the diversity inherent in the human race, the change to a sexualized Amanda Waller is a huge step backwards (along with eliminating Barbara Gordon as Oracle, this was one of the biggest alterations that I, and other readers, disliked).  Here’s hoping the Suicide Squad movie sticks to the original intent of her creator, John Ostrander.

(speaking of Ostrander, he penned a column in which he expressed his disappointment at the changes to Amanda Waller)

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And now the Gal Gadot starring Wonder Woman movie has a director–Michelle MacLaren:

According to insiders, MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, who remain unnamed at this stage, to lasso together a script for the movie, which would star Gal Gadot. The actress will make her debut as the heroine in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are among those producing the Wonder Woman movie, which is set for a 2017 release.

MacLaren was a top choice for the project due to her muscular work on Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, although she is perhaps most associated with her directing and executive producing work on the much-loved Breaking Bad.

MacLaren’s signing caps off a director search that began in the summer, and her deal culminates an on-and-off-again dance with the Amazonian princess.

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I think this would be the perfect Xmas present for Two-Face

This is who to thank if your next phone has two screens

I can’t seem to copy/paste the article, so click the above link for more info on this two-faced phone.

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I’m sure I was the only person who, as a kid was curious about fire.  Yep. Only men.  Seriously though, I liked doing so, though I wasn’t a pyro.  It was stuff like lighting napkins or straws on fire using the stove top burner.  As I got older sometimes I’d burn two straws together in a restaurant while waiting for my food to arrive (this was in the days when smoking was allowed in restaurants; I’d burn straws over an ashtray). Burning stuff is just cool you know (I ain’t talking about people, animals, private property or anything like that though).  In light of that (see what I did there), the following is just beyond bad-ass:

The wristband that turns you into PYRO: Gadget lets you shoot fireballs from your hands like the superhero

From balloon-popping lasers to Wolverine-style claws, there are numerous concept and protoype weapons designed by wannabe superhero inventors.

But, a magician has not only created a wristband that turns the wearer into Pyro from the Marvel comics, he is selling it for $174 (£111) online.

Named after the comic book mutant, the Pyro band features four chambers that fires four fireballs, and it can be controlled from the wrist or remotely. 

Its inventor, Adam Wilber explained: ‘Fire. Since the dawn of time it has been the reward at the end of man’s quest. Both creator and destroyer, it has historically been the element hardest to control.

‘Until now. Your quest is over. The power of fire in the palm of your hand. That’s the power of Pyro.’

It is available from the Ellusionist site, and ships internationally.

The band resembles a watch and can be concealed under a sleeve.

Pressing a button on the device shoots the fireballs, or a remote control can be used to fire them from a distance of up to 30ft (nine metres) away.

It uses so-called Flash Cotton, or Flash Paper that fits inside the barrels.

A heater coil then ignites the material when the button is pressed, forcing the flame to fire from the chambers.

The pack contains enough of this material for up to 50 uses.

Refills then start at $8 (£4).

Flash material is used by magicians to create fast burning flames for tricks.

Mr Wilber describes Pryo as a ‘badass professional device’, and as a result only over 18s are allowed to purchase or use the fire shooter.

The site ships internationally, but a disclaimer stresses that the device ‘contains dangerous elements’ that are governed by the laws of the country in which is it bought.

Buyers have to agree to the terms and conditions, and watch an instructional safety video by Adam Wilber, before buying the device.

It is recommended, and has been built for, magicians.

Pop Culture Link Round Up 12.7.14

Marvel releases their Phase 3 movie plans, which include Black Panther and Captain Marvel

Guess what? Marvel’s cinematic universe is about get to get an infusion of some much, much, much needed diversity!

They’re planning on Captain Marvel!

And Black Panther!

Woo-fucking-Hoo!

During a “secret” event for fans and press today in Los Angeles at Disney’s El Capitan theater, Marvel Studios melted fans’ brains when it revealed titles and release dates for all nine Marvel Phase 3 films.

Following Avengers 2, the studio will be releasing:

  • Captain America: Civil War (May 6th, 2016);
  • Dr. Strange (Nov. 4th, 2016);
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5th, 2017);
  • Thor: Ragnarok (July 18th, 2017);
  • Black Panther (November 3, 2017);
  • Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 (May 4th, 2018);
  • Captain Marvel (July 6th, 2018);
  • Inhumans (November 2nd, 2018);
  • Avengers: Infinty War, Part 2 (May 3rd, 2019).

The presentation began with a deliberate and hilarious bit of misdirection, as it was first announced thatCaptain America 3 would be subtitled “Serpent Society.” Obviously, that would have contradicted all recent rumors suggesting a battle between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers influenced by Marvel’s Civil War crossover event. However, midway through the presentation, Marvel corrected itself, revealing “Civil War” as Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans were brought out on stage for the announcement.

Meanwhile, 42 actor Chadwick Boseman was announced as the lead in Black Panther, introduced to fans formally by Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans during a skit in which Downey, Jr. and Evans pretended to fight, then demanded Boseman pick sides. Cue wild speculation on how Black Panther will* officially debut in the MCU during Cap 3. It’s worth noting, by the way, that in the comics, Black Panther is from the fictional African nation of Wakanda, notable among other things for being the source of the Vibranium used to make Captain America’s shield.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wasn’t familiar with Chadwick Boseman, and I imagine others might be similarly in the dark, so here he is:

IMDB has a list of his movie and tv appearances to date.

Oh, and of course this means that Marvel will be putting one of its biggest black heroes on the screen before DC’s Cyborg in 2020. Yes, the fanboy in me is squeaming right now!

Marvel releases their Phase 3 movie plans, which include Black Panther and Captain Marvel

The importance of Sam Wilson as the new Captain America

There’s a new Captain America in town, and he’s not your dads Sentinel of Liberty. In case you missed Stephen Colbert’s interview with Joe Quesada, here’s the skinny:  Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, has had the Super-Soldier Serum drained from his body. As a result, he has aged rapidly, and is no longer able to be Captain America.  He chose his longtime friend and partner, Sam Wilson (aka Falcon, aka the same guy from Captain America: Winter Soldier, played by Anthony Mackie), to take over the mantle of Captain America. For those that don’t know, the Falcon is black. Though not the first black Cap, (that honor goes to Isiah Bradley), Sam Wilson will be the most prominent one.

Sam Wilson as Captain America has a deeply symbolic meaning.  Throughout US history, African-Americans have been treated as lesser…as not fully human. They’ve been subjected to slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow laws, and unethical experiments.  Despite the advances of the Civil Rights Movement, black people in the United States still face racism.  Whether it’s the wage gap, the racial disparities in the criminal justice system, or policies such as Stop N Frisk, blacks in America have still not achieved full equality. The system was built by white America, for white America, and continues to benefit white America to the exclusion of people of other ethnicities (actually, white American benefits white men above all else).  Yes, an African-American has reached the White House and has even been re-elected to the highest office in the land. Though that achievement did not end racism (only a fool would think it would), it is symbolically important.  So too is Sam Wilson as Captain America. Barack Obama as the President of the United States and Sam Wilson as Captain America show that black people can step into roles traditionally held by white men and do just as good a job.  They can represent this country every bit as much as a white person can.  And that is a powerful message.

Here are a few pages from the October 29 release of the newest volume of Captain America, featuring Sam Wilson’s first adventure in the role:

(art by Stuart Immonen; via Comics Alliance)

The importance of Sam Wilson as the new Captain America

Warner Brothers Announces Live Action Wonder Woman film

No joke.  After years of being teased and false starts (still sad that Joss Whedon’s WW didn’t see the light of day), as well as being told that Wonder Woman is too complicated, Warner Brothers has finally announced a release date for the first live action Wonder Woman movie (my giddiness is off the scale right now):

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Warner Brothers Announces Live Action Wonder Woman film

Marvel Comics is on a roll!

Storm.

Thor.

Elektra.

She-Hulk.

Ms. Marvel.

Black Widow.

Spiderwoman.

Spider-Gwen.

Captain Marvel.

The all-women X-Men.

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin.

Marvel has been on a roll, creating books with women front and center as the lead characters.  And they’re not done yet, as they’ve announced that Gamora of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Silk (think ‘What if the spider that bit Peter Parker bit someone else before it died’) from Amazing Spider-Man are both set to debut in ongoing series next year.

Silk
Gamora
Marvel Comics is on a roll!

Pop Culture News Link Round-Up 10.8.14

Who ya gonna call? Hilarious women?

It’s been confirmed.  Ghostbusters 3 will feature a team of women.

Katie Dippold, who wrote Paul Feig’s female buddy action comedy The Heat, is reteaming with the director for Sony’s new Ghostbusters movie.

After years of development as a sequel with the intent to bring back the original team (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis), script setbacks eventually led a path to focus on a new generation (think Jonah Hill). When Ramis died earlier this year and then original director Ivan Reitman left in March.

Feig came on board to rejuvenate the project in August. But he came with a twist: the Ghostbusters would now be a female team and the project would no longer be connected to the earlier movies but now launch a new series.

Feig is already seen as female-friendly in comic circles; he directed Bridesmaids (which gave Kristen Wigg andMelissa McCarthy career breakouts), and then The Heat, which starred McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.

Dippold’s hiring will buttress the female voice as the script is rehauled. She recently finished penning a sequel for The Heat and previously honed her comedic voice working on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as well as MadTV.

What’s that sound? The howls and wailing of internet misogynists and sexist assholes who cry and whinge and moan anytime news like this hits. They just cannot stand the idea of women infringing upon “their” fandom.  “Ghostbusters is supposed to be all guys. You can’t do this, because reasons!” If the cast were all African-American, or all Asian-American they’d be whining. If the cast were all LGBT they’d be whining. They whine if any changes are made to reflect the diversity of the population. They need to get the fuck over it. The world is composed of far more than heterosexual, white males. Hollywood is long overdue to reflect that reality.

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World’s richest man says 3-day work week is coming

Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom tycoon worth over $80 billion, believes life would be better with a three-day work week.

“You should have more time for you during all of your life — not when you’re 65 and retired,” Slim told CNNMoney’s Christine Romans on Tuesday.

But if Slim had his way, people would also work longer days and much later in life. He suggested 11-hour shifts and pushing the retirement age to 75.

Slim raised eyebrows over the summer by calling for a three-day work week, but he doubled down on that proposal on Tuesday.

It’s nice to read a story about a mega rich person (actually THE mega richest person) not shitting on those less fortunate than him (which is like, the entire rest of the planet).  It’s especially nice to hear him say that he supports a 3-day work week so that people can enjoy life more. The only thing I ask is that he do more than mouth those nice sounding words. With the wealth and power he has, he can make that a reality for countless people.  He isn’t filling me with confidence when he says this though:

Slim declined to throw his weight behind recent calls for workers to get paid higher wages though.

Unlike you, the rest of us have bills that we need to pay on a regular basis. That means we need money for that. We should be making reasonable wages for the work that we do.  Most of us are not. The attitude that we don’t need higher wages is held by a great many wealthy people.  We’re not going to get to the point of a 3-day work week if you rich folk don’t completely turn around your way of thinking.

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Stop supporting GamerGate

If you’re a person who cares about video games and also happens to care about other people, you should denounce “Gamergate.” You might have heard that it’s a movement about ethics in video game journalism, but in practice it’s a months-long campaign of harassment against women and progressive voices that’s just the latest in a long history of online abuse amplified by extreme right-wing media trolls.

Gamergate is distinguished, like so many other things ending in -gate (or more recently, -ghazi), by its aggressive and desperate tone. Its supporters have largely attempted to scare anyone, but especially women, who have asked the same critical questions about the video game industry that are routinely posed in other communities. Critics of video games and Gamergate itself have been branded as liars, sluts, and co-conspirators.

The militants of Gamergate claim they are the vanguard of ethical games journalism in order to justify their harassment. They have established no credibility as such, but maintain the titillating promise to “expose” corrupt game journalists with memes, sock-puppet trolls, and the kind of internet detective work that caught the wrong Boston bomber.

It would be easy to mistake the angry members of Gamergate as mere fanboys; people who have incorporated objects of consumer culture so deeply in their personal identity that an inconvenient or embarrassing revelation about a product they like is an attack on the self. Or, as Matthew Burns described them, “consumer kings” who mistake the ritual of consumption for self-importance. But they’re not just fanboys; as Peter Frase wrote in Jacobin, there’s a extreme right-wing flavor to all of Gamergate’s desperate yelling. (Liz Ryerson was the first to thoroughly document this extremism.) “Some gamers would like it both ways: they want everyone to take their medium seriously, but they don’t want anyone to challenge their political assumptions or call into question the way gamers treat people who don’t look and think like them,” Frase wrote. “They hate and fear a world where games are truly made by and for everyone.”

Those who claim GamerGate is about ethics ignore the fact that the face of GamerGate has been decidedly sexist and misogynistic gamers lashing out at women.  This is not how you investigate journalistic ethics violations. This is how you attempt to silence women and drive them away.  Read more about GamerGate here, here, and here.

Pop Culture News Link Round-Up 10.8.14

Batgirl #35 hits stores today

The retooled Batgirl book hits comic shops across the country today.  The series, previously written by Gail Simone, has been taken over by writers Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher, with Stewart and artist Babs Tarr providing the art for the interiors.  The announcement of the new creative team resulted in a lot of very positive press coverage.  That may actually be an understatement.

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My Thoughts on the All-New Thor

The newest volume of Thor has debuted and in it readers are witness to the continuing changes in this corner of the Marvel Universe: Thor Odinson is no longer worthy to wield his sacred hammer Mjolnir!  In a move that has angered legions of misogynistic fanbois and anti-status quo upsetters, a new powerhouse has taken up the name and power of Thor.  Unlike previous replacements or alternate versions of the God of Thunder, this one is a woman.

“A woman you say?  Say it ain’t so! Women can’t replace men and they certainly can’t replace a top tier superhero!  No woman is as good as man.”

“This is just a big PR move. I’m tired of Marvel doing stuff like this. Why can’t they just tell good stories?”

“I get that Marvel wants to have more female led comics, but why do they have to take Thor away and replace him with a woman? Why can’t they just launch a new book with a female character?”

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Hie thee to a comic book store for today is the debut of the female Thor!

Today Marvel Comics has released the debut issue of Thor, which sees a massive status quo shift for the book.  As a result of events in the mini-series Original Sin, Thor Odinson has become unworthy to wield his hammer, Mjolnir.  The most powerful weapon on Earth won’t be sitting around as a paperweight on the moon though.  Someone will be worthy.  And that someone is, for the first time in Marvel history, a woman.  That’s right, a female Thor.  Don’t expect to get all the details now, however.  The mystery of who the new Thor is will be an ongoing one.  CBR has an interview with Thor writer, Jason Aaron:

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Hie thee to a comic book store for today is the debut of the female Thor!