Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A New Panel: The Balance of Power in Comics

A handful of creators are taking superhero comics by storm.  We've had a few female creators make splashes in the Big Two (Marvel and DC), including Gail Simone, Marjorie Liu, and Kathryn Immonen; but now they're even bigger in the field, leading the way for a revolution of female creators in the Big Two.  Now we're also having male creators who are female friendly, like Brian Wood, Brian K. Vaughan, Greg Rucka, and Colin Bunn.  

Since Mike Carey's departure from X-Men in December of 2011, male writers haven't featured females in a realistic or favorable light.  They've been defined by their relationships, subjugated by men, and relegated to single-line status and boob and butt shots.  While this is typical for many titles both in DC and Marvel, this is certainly not typical for X-Men, but it has been in the core books for years now at the editorial level.  Under Cyclops' rule of the mutants, Emma Frost has been reduced to a trophy wife, Psylocke back to being Asian fetish (though she could've returned to her English body), Storm's rational opinion quelled because she was Queen in a different continent, Rogue became untrustworthy, and Kitty a bore.  While I blame the likes of Grant Morrison, Matt Fraction, and Jason Aaron, I blame editorial even more for taking away the soul of the X-Men.  You can change the status quo with huge stories, but don't take away what made the X-Men so wonderful and the top-selling book for decades: the women.  If I wanted to see two guys measuring the size of their junk, I'd watch gay porn.  But I don't want to see that.  I want to see what's happening right now in X-Men.

Monday, February 18, 2013

C-SPAN to Feature First Ladies

Starting Monday, February 25, 2013, at 9 PM EST, C-SPAN will host a two-season series called First Ladies: Influence & Image.  Each episode will feature anywhere from one First Lady to three First Ladies, depending on their amount of influence, the documentation, and the length of their White House tenure as First Lady.  The first episode will obviously be Martha Washington, and each episode will chronologically progress with the second season ending February 10, 2014 with current First Lady Michelle Obama.  Find the schedule here.

In honor of this exciting event, I'd like to provide a list of my six most influential First Ladies (because I couldn't just choose five).

6. Abigail Adams
As First Lady to John Adams, Abigail Adams played a crucial role in the development of the nation, but it was all behind the scenes.  In lovely letters sent between the two of them, Abigail often spoke of politics and the effect certain matters would have on women and the nation, convincing John to enter politics.  She was very active in both John's pre-presidency and presidency.  She organized efforts to aid the Americans in the Revolutionary War, fought for women's rights, and fought slavery, knowing it would come back to bite America in the ass.  If he had listened to her more than he did, we may not have had a Civil War.  It would have been even more beneficial to have had her as President.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Norah Casey: "It's impossible to have it all."

Norah Casey, CEO of Irish magazine publishing company Harmonia, gave an in-depth interview with The Independent, where she expounded on the role of women in the workforce.  While it may have rattled some feminists at first, she has a crucial point, but it doesn't apply to just women.  Casey is one of many women in powerful positions struggling to balance her work life, her health, and her home life, but she's been doing it in front of the camera as the star of a reality show Dragons' Den (to which she is not returning for another season).

Saturday, February 2, 2013

2013 Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

Two of the revealed 2013 Novel Peace Prize nominees are Pakistani Malala Yousufzai and Russian Lyudmila Alexeyeva.  You might recognize Yousufzai from what happened last October when she became one of the most dangerous oppositions to the Taliban by being a girl, going to school, and blogging about the importance of girls' education.  After school, her transportation van was boarded by members of the Taliban, and she was shot three times, including in the head.  She has one major surgery remaining: a metal plate in her head.