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sentimental-mercenary:

When I was getting my dissertation topic approved, my director, the Hobbit, told me quite frankly that the only reason he was backing the project, which was a study of the constructions of martial masculinity in the 12 Century Renaissance, was that I was a woman. In other words, that he would not have backed, and the committee would have shot down, a man proposing studying masculinity.

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All. Of. This.

queeraschinocherry:

southcarolinaboy:

boku-no-poltergeist:

can we stop referring to all sex that could possibly result in pregnancy as “heterosexual reproduction” now

Is this real

Is this really appearing before my eyes

can it be true

a cutesy cartoon about gender and sexuality that is not cissexist and degendering toward trans people (who get to wear clothes just like cis people)??????????

mind is blown.

!!!

(via pariahsdream)

ladydragon76:

biorobo:

goingloco:

biorobo:

FEEL LIKE RAGING TONIGHT? JUST READ THIS.

YOU’LL GET GEMS LIKE “ARCEE IS MANLY” AND “WOMEN AREN”T FEMININE IF THEY HAVE CAREERS. I’M NOT SAYING THEY SHOULD BE STAY AT HOME WIVES, BUT I AM” AND “FEMINISM IS BAD BECAUSE NOW WOMEN DON”T WEAR DRESSES FOR ME”

The only reasonable thing to do was spamming a lot of bots in dresses and submissive poses now.

Anyone wanna put explicit gay porn in this dude’s inbox? his username is ZapRowsdower

 

That one comment ALONE just set back feminism 40 years! WTF OMG! CHEERIOS AND CORNFLAKES!

And I say that as a woman who identifies as a mother and wife, who does not earn a paycheck beyond writing commissions because my husband and I CHOSE me as the best influence to raise our sons.  Dear sweet Goddess of the green growing things, help!  These people!  Me CHOOSING to be a wife and mom and raise kids doesn’t make me more (or less, but that’s not what they’re arguing) feminine that ANY woman (regardless of genitalia) that chooses to have no children (or can’t, or does but also has a career) or prefers to be a fire fighter or soldier, or farking fast food server, or any other damn thing.

TLDR??  This is why I need feminism.  This is why my children need feminism.  Fuck!  Are you goddamn kidding me?

(side note, I REALLY like the Arcee concept markerguru did.)

Aaaarrrgg this makes me so irritated. I hate shape conformity as a requirement of things being feminine. /flips tables like the non-conforming amazon she is.

The other comments in the thread give me hope though.  It gives me hope that my own IDW femme designs might be well received by some people at least.

cataradical:

flamewar-the-decepticon:

I cannot believe that people are getting angry over a female character having boobs, and I cannot believe they’re deciding if it’s acceptable what kind of boobs she has.

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I debated responding to this, but decided, eh, why not.

First of all: many people did complain about those characters you listed. There was backlash on a number of them. The most recent was Elita-One’s card from the TF Legends game. They changed it, but nnnnot much improvement, imho. 

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This? It caused an uproar, and rightfully so.

So, yeah, nobody is singling Windblade out, because this has been an ongoing issue for some time now.

Secondly, it feels like this post is saying “women have boobs and if you can’t appreciate them on robots, then you’ve got some internalized misogyny.”

Now, let me explain why I am a bit miffed by Windblade’s breast update, aside from the fact it was not necessary. Windblade’s breasts look too organic—this is not an organic or mammalian species. Simply put, breasts exist as part of the reproduction system. Robots do not reproduce like organics and mammals. There is no need to make them so prominent and obvious, when you have the following to work with.

Breastplates are perfectly fine, and can be pulled off without looking so awkward. Let’s take a look at G1 Arcee here:

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She has a breastplate that is not only curvy without being over-the-top, but it works because it’s part of her alt mode.

Then you have the ladies from TFA, whose breastplates also work the same as G1 Arcee’s.

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And, yes, I can see how it is annoying that most of the mainstream TF females are all curvy and have full lips. I am all for feminine robots, and welcome all shapes and sizes, but there is a line that needs to be drawn.

The OP of the one post complaining about Windblade’s breasts is not necessarily complaining about breasts (though don’t quote me on this), but the needless change to her chest. Why did Windblade’s chest go from something that worked into two obvious organic-esque shaped breasts? I thought, well, they need to show her fuselage, and the fuselage goes right down the middle of the torso in most cases.

Problem is: you can’t really tell there’s a fuselage there. I honestly kind of can’t see how Windblade transforms, either, but that’s just me. EDIT: I was just informed most of her front is on her back. That just makes me even more curious why the change to her chest at all.

Another problem that arises is when she does transform, it has the chance of looking awkward because the breasts would be on both sides of the fuselage. With Seekers, it’s usually vents. Like, check out Slipstream here:

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See her chest? See how it works? See how the vents have a proper place? Yeah.

All and all, you listed many reasons why the fans are tired of prominent breasts on females, because some of those are due to sexualization. Blackarachnia was designed after an Asian stripper, and don’t tell me there wasn’t any sexualization involved when they gave Thunderblast not only underboobs, but nipples. And then you see that Legends Elita—she’s not only got underboobs, but something of a buttcrack, and she’s in the Strong Female Character pose.

So when a female character comes along that has a reasonable design and there’s obviously no strong focus on her chest, but then SUDDENLY she has breasts for, again, absolutely NO reason other than to apparently look more conventionally female OR sexual appeal? Yeah, that is a little annoying.

Also, I do agree to some extent on the transphobic comment, but I’m not saying you, as a person, are transphobic. Just I can see where people get that idea from your wording.

I just don’t like the idea that I should feel guilty for being annoyed at the constant boobie debacle. I’d be pretty pissed off if masculine TFs had things obviously representing penises, balls, or nipples. I’ve seen Overlord with the nipple factor, and I chalk that up to the fact his image is based on a Greek figure and thus it kind of gives off the vibe of a greased up Greek warrior. Even then, I think it’s a bit over-the-top.

potter-who-locked:

oldfuckingsport:

I just saw this ad playing before a youtube video and I had to stop and watch the whole thing. Incredible.

Watch this. Now

(via pariahsdream)

magesmagesmages:

peterquills:

ladies and gentlemen, ed brubaker. (h/t haipollai)

Thank you Ed. The marvel guys really stepped up this time around and I am so proud of them :D.

magesmagesmages:

peterquills:

ladies and gentlemen, ed brubaker. (h/t haipollai)

Thank you Ed. The marvel guys really stepped up this time around and I am so proud of them :D.

(via historymiss)

nolongerpassive:

davidvantas:



Thank you Tresa.
Everyone read this. Now.

nolongerpassive:

davidvantas:

Thank you Tresa.

Everyone read this. Now.

(via the-wardens-vermin)

Other problems I had [with Tranformers Animated] were that both Arcee and Blackarachnia were totally stuffed in the fridge to get the drama going for male characters. Arcee at least got some minor revival time towards the end of the series, but Blackarachnia just utterly confuses me in what her character idea was supposed to be. Because one of her most significant roles in the storytelling is getting to the audience across that Optimus is such a better person/romantic interest than that awful, awful Sentinel, who used to be her romantic interest.

Fabulous Kvetchin’ Inc.: Sugary Evilness! 

Completely agree.  While there are many things I like about Transformers Animated, it is still not a show I particularly love nor enjoy watching for recreation and its treatment of the two primary female robots within the cast is perhaps my largest factor for this. 

As you’ve noted, this is not about saying “Beast Wars Black Arachnia was better!” or, in general “Transformers Character Concept A was better in Transformers Media Installment X!”.  That’s not the issue here.  The issue is writing female characters as actual characters and being cognoscente of the harmful tropes and hidden messages that can come out of male-centric narratives.  Blackarachnia as presented in Transformers Animated, quite frankly, disturbed me by the manner in which she was written and handled. 

(via draqua)

(via draqua)

catrobotorama:

nellasaur:

catrobotorama:

nellasaur:


“The people who say that Cybertronians don’t have genders, are just trying to justify their yaoi love. I mean, seriously. The female characters, such as Arcee and Elita-1, are referred to by the others as ‘she’ and ‘her.’ Besides, Look at TFP Arcee. She has curves and boobs that only a girl could have. And if they had no genders, the females wouldn’t sound so girly either. now, can we just drop this whole dumb debate? It only starts fights.”



Allow me to offer a resounding YES to all of this, especially the very last line. I don’t have nearly the education I need to point out just how constructed modern concepts like gender and sexuality are, so thank you for stepping up with some examples.
And to add a little bit more on fridging… I certainly didn’t mean to gloss over it and how problematic it is in my initial response, whoops. I guess I have a tendency to skate right by fridging as a problem in TF canon because I’m so used to the sex/gender debate being only tangentially related to shipping. Then again, I suppose a lot of the debate is generated by people who either want to defend their het ships/the sancitified masculinity of their favorite male characters, or possibly by people who want to preserve the exoticized titillation of their zomg yaoi/slash pairings? Hm. I guess I’m so used to coming at this from the “canon is fundamentally problemtic re: sexism and I want to fix it metatextually” angle that I forget that people might have other, entirely in-universe stakes in the debate.
Regardless, I definitely can’t deny that the fridging of female characters is a problem in TF fandom just like in other fandoms, if possibly a less prevalent one if only because of the utter dearth of female characters. But hell, you could argue that canon itself fridged Mikaela in DotM with its “she was a total bitch and a pussy who couldn’t handle the manly life and adventures of Sam and the Autobots” bullshit, and it really doesn’t get more blatant than that, huh?

Cutting my own blahbity blah.
Oh Fridging is a secondary issue: that’s when canon acknowledges that females exist, but fanon refuses to.  If that were OP’s gripe, I’d be in agreement.It’s especially upsetting when the fridging is done by women who claim to follow left wing politics and feminist agendas.  
And oh Mikaela got such a raw deal, though honestly I was so disappointed with what they’d turned her into in ROTF that getting rid of her in DOTM was almost a mercy.  I don’t mind fanservice eyecandy females (*cough cough* Verity) but I do mind when they’re not allowed to kick ass or contribute anything to the narrative.
But Bay’s raging misogyny doesn’t justify fans doing the same. Not all canon’s misogynistic: Mowry’s Arcee is great, and Roche’s Verity is fantastic.  It’s a sign of hope, but also sad that fandom does…nearly nothing with these characters. 
BACK ON TOPIC, kinda. :P
I am old, so I grew up with the ‘universal he’ as a grammatical construct. So we’d say, and I still slip and say it ‘every student will hand in HIS paper’, regardless of the gender of the students (you see this grammatically in French as well: if you have a bunch of people, even if only ONE of them is male, the ‘they’ you use is ‘ils’ not ‘elles’).  And as a little kid watching G1, I remembered it being cool that they were also, in a sense, genderless, or at least pre-gender. 
I still view them as pre-gender, honestly. It’s why I resist the ‘yaoi’ label, and view them as monogendered (which is why I cling to IDW with prehensile toes), something that defies our notion of gender, but that we still, out of our limitation and ignorance, keep trying to shove into our binary model.  Many fandom authors  (including you and me) have written multiple genders: I think I came up with 8 for Bayverse?  with the idea being gender meant *function* and not just who was curvy and who was boxy. 
Because, after all, Strika. :D

And as someone pointed out, in sheer moobage, Prowl and Jazz have Arcee beat in ANY continuity XD 

So many excellent points here, and I can’t comment on them as thoroughly as I’d like given my current situation so Imhope both you ladies are still interested when I can get to a real computer. This conversation is particularly timely because I’ve been thinking a lot about how to address other femme type frames or fem genders in IDW ‘verse and the idea that Arcee’s procedure might become an avaliable upgrade/frame reformat for a willing mech.

And to the OP… “Yaoi” is a very specific cultural media genre, NOT a sexual orientation. It’s not synonymous with “gay/gay sex” or even “slash” and it drives me crazy the way people use it in that fashion. It also makes very little sense that people who want to validate gay relationships would also want to invalidate gender, aka, the ‘maleness’ of those characters. Perhaps this confession needs to undergo some semantic triage?

catrobotorama:

nellasaur:

catrobotorama:

nellasaur:

“The people who say that Cybertronians don’t have genders, are just trying to justify their yaoi love. I mean, seriously. The female characters, such as Arcee and Elita-1, are referred to by the others as ‘she’ and ‘her.’ Besides, Look at TFP Arcee. She has curves and boobs that only a girl could have. And if they had no genders, the females wouldn’t sound so girly either. now, can we just drop this whole dumb debate? It only starts fights.”

Allow me to offer a resounding YES to all of this, especially the very last line. I don’t have nearly the education I need to point out just how constructed modern concepts like gender and sexuality are, so thank you for stepping up with some examples.

And to add a little bit more on fridging… I certainly didn’t mean to gloss over it and how problematic it is in my initial response, whoops. I guess I have a tendency to skate right by fridging as a problem in TF canon because I’m so used to the sex/gender debate being only tangentially related to shipping. Then again, I suppose a lot of the debate is generated by people who either want to defend their het ships/the sancitified masculinity of their favorite male characters, or possibly by people who want to preserve the exoticized titillation of their zomg yaoi/slash pairings? Hm. I guess I’m so used to coming at this from the “canon is fundamentally problemtic re: sexism and I want to fix it metatextually” angle that I forget that people might have other, entirely in-universe stakes in the debate.

Regardless, I definitely can’t deny that the fridging of female characters is a problem in TF fandom just like in other fandoms, if possibly a less prevalent one if only because of the utter dearth of female characters. But hell, you could argue that canon itself fridged Mikaela in DotM with its “she was a total bitch and a pussy who couldn’t handle the manly life and adventures of Sam and the Autobots” bullshit, and it really doesn’t get more blatant than that, huh?

Cutting my own blahbity blah.

Oh Fridging is a secondary issue: that’s when canon acknowledges that females exist, but fanon refuses to.  If that were OP’s gripe, I’d be in agreement.It’s especially upsetting when the fridging is done by women who claim to follow left wing politics and feminist agendas. 

And oh Mikaela got such a raw deal, though honestly I was so disappointed with what they’d turned her into in ROTF that getting rid of her in DOTM was almost a mercy.  I don’t mind fanservice eyecandy females (*cough cough* Verity) but I do mind when they’re not allowed to kick ass or contribute anything to the narrative.

But Bay’s raging misogyny doesn’t justify fans doing the same. Not all canon’s misogynistic: Mowry’s Arcee is great, and Roche’s Verity is fantastic.  It’s a sign of hope, but also sad that fandom does…nearly nothing with these characters.


BACK ON TOPIC, kinda. :P

I am old, so I grew up with the ‘universal he’ as a grammatical construct. So we’d say, and I still slip and say it ‘every student will hand in HIS paper’, regardless of the gender of the students (you see this grammatically in French as well: if you have a bunch of people, even if only ONE of them is male, the ‘they’ you use is ‘ils’ not ‘elles’).  And as a little kid watching G1, I remembered it being cool that they were also, in a sense, genderless, or at least pre-gender. 

I still view them as pre-gender, honestly. It’s why I resist the ‘yaoi’ label, and view them as monogendered (which is why I cling to IDW with prehensile toes), something that defies our notion of gender, but that we still, out of our limitation and ignorance, keep trying to shove into our binary model.  Many fandom authors  (including you and me) have written multiple genders: I think I came up with 8 for Bayverse?  with the idea being gender meant *function* and not just who was curvy and who was boxy. 

Because, after all, Strika. :D

And as someone pointed out, in sheer moobage, Prowl and Jazz have Arcee beat in ANY continuity XD

So many excellent points here, and I can’t comment on them as thoroughly as I’d like given my current situation so Imhope both you ladies are still interested when I can get to a real computer. This conversation is particularly timely because I’ve been thinking a lot about how to address other femme type frames or fem genders in IDW ‘verse and the idea that Arcee’s procedure might become an avaliable upgrade/frame reformat for a willing mech.

And to the OP… “Yaoi” is a very specific cultural media genre, NOT a sexual orientation. It’s not synonymous with “gay/gay sex” or even “slash” and it drives me crazy the way people use it in that fashion. It also makes very little sense that people who want to validate gay relationships would also want to invalidate gender, aka, the ‘maleness’ of those characters. Perhaps this confession needs to undergo some semantic triage?

(via sentimental-mercenary)