"Comic books shouldn’t make political statements!"
I’ve always hated that mentality when it comes to comic books. Why? Because it tells me that the person reading the comic has no idea what the fuck they’re talking about. They’re so stuck in their own little bubble, they haven’t even realized that the very first comic books were pretty much all about making political statements.
Superman and Captain America were “superhuman” individuals, created by Jewish men during World War II. Captain America was literally created by a super soldier serum, and all around the “perfect” human in the eyes of the Nazis. And what was he doing? Killing Nazis.
The X-Men was created during the civil rights era, and their struggle was supposed to represent the struggle of PoC, women, and GSRM.
Comic books were born out of political statements. So if you sit there and say, “they shouldn’t make political statements,” all that tells me is that you don’t agree with the political statement, and therefore you feel uncomfortable.
And if you think that a Muslim female superhero is a “political statement,” ask yourself, “why? Why is it a political statement?” Ask yourself why our society is structured in a way that a Muslim superhero, whether the Green Lantern or Ms. Marvel, is a big deal.
greatwhitegravity asked: I was very mindful of the Obamacare/ACA lingo, but NPR was talking about re-appropriation of certain words and phrases. Naturally, Obamacare came up as a hot-button issue, but the panel decided that the word was re-appropriated and had a positive connotation. Even the White House staff uses it. I can still tell some conservatives use the word with a twinge of disgust, but Obamacare is a word that's widely used by media and officials alike to describe the ACA now--mostly neutrally.
This is the thing: Just because we’re saying “let’s take it back and make it a positive thing” doesn’t mean that the majority of citizens - the majority that are under-informed, non-news reading, propaganda-vulnerable - don’t still hear that word and think subconsciously bad, negative, “communist” thoughts.
I put communist in quotation marks because it is one of those dirty words that enemies of any kind of centralized, government-funded healthcare mutter with disdain, hatred and offense whenever they hear about the Affordable Care Act or frankly any government-funded programs that give back to the poor, weak and vulnerable parts of the population.
Sometimes I really wish that the Ender’s Game movie wasn’t coming out
I learned how to write off that man
I spent hours poring over How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy
it went to school with me every day for a couple years
I’ve owned three separate copies of it, plus my Ender books
and now suddenly everyone who likes him is a dirtbag and I’m feeling kinda defensive about it
even though I hate what he said
He’s an incredible artist. That obviously doesn’t mean he’s an incredible person. I’ve learned to disassociate my political feelings from my deep, unswerveable love of Ender’s Game.
I’ll be seeing the movie.
And on the same day I’ll be making a $30 donation to PFLAG.
It’s okay to love a story.
I don’t know enough about either the government shutdown or the Affordable Care Act to write about it intelligently, but I do know that the Tea Party Republicans in the House are fucking morons. They are depriving almost 800,000 government employees of their livelihoods for no reason, because no matter how much noise they make, the Affordable Care Act will still go into effect on January 1. I mean, you’ve got to be fucking kidding me. I almost feel like we’re living in a French comedy film about US democracy, and at any moment, Gerard Depardieu is going to take the floor and start screaming.
I also don’t get anyone can be against affordable health care. I am without fucking health care, and I am personally very much looking forward to researching the options that will now be available to me. I think Obama did the best he could with a system that is so incredibly flawed that when I got bronchitis in India, and had to go to the hospital, I received a $4,000 medical bill for being in the emergency room for 2 hours.
I’ve long said that if you are in the middle class, chez moi, you are totally fucked in America. My friend DEH, right after we graduated from graduate school, was officially living below the poverty line. He got completely free healthcare. One day, they sent a car service to pick him up for a doctor’s appointment. He got free new glasses, and food stamps that he used to buy groceries at Fairway. That year, I made $23,000, putting me $4,000 above the poverty line in New York City. I felt a disparity even just with DEH — I was lower middle class, and he was poor, but things felt harder for me.
Which is why I like the Affordable Care Act. It seems to take into account people like me, who work hard as hell but have very little extra money. It’s not just for those living under the poverty line — it’s also for those who aren’t working in high paying industries that provide health care to their employees. Obama really did the best he could with an unruly, shitty system. What the fucking idiot Republicans should be doing is helping their constituents learn about the law, and how they can benefit from it. Don’t just say that it’s going to be a bureaucratic nightmare — help fix it.
On a parting note, I enjoyed this piece on Slate in which they report the government shutdown as if they were looking at it from another country.
I adore Brienne. You should be reading her shit. And you can count me in the same feelings as her with this.
Don’t give me shit about not wanting to pay for other people’s health insurance.
Don’t bitch about how you don’t have extra money to pay for other people’s health insurance.
Do think about how much money you pay in taxes and how much money goes into the pockets of those that are already wealthy beyond your wildest dreams because they are friends with lawmakers and have advocates for their wallets working for them in Washington every day.
Don’t hate the people who need health insurance.
Don’t be a dick.
Hate the system that is in power and work to change it.