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ICYMI: Female Superheroes Always Wear Their Hair Down and it’s Sexist

Avengers: Infinity War just passed the $800 million mark in global box office sales, breaking records previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However one writer is not focused on plot lines or the fates of some of our favorite characters – instead, she’s paying attention to the female superheroes’ hair.

More specifically, how they always wear their hair down. And she thinks it’s sexist.

Rebecca Jennings wrote an article for Racked, an online blog that’s a part of Vox Media, where she claims the reason we never see Wonder Woman or Black Widow with their hair tied back is because “comics are a visual medium, and a bunch of long, flowing hair swirling around during an already epic fight scene looks pretty cool.”

She interviews Christina Dokou, an assistant professor of American literature and culture at the University of Athens who says the ” ‘boys’ club’ legacy of comic books, in which female characters were stuck with sexist stereotypes, still endures. Even today, the physical attributes and feminine beauty of superheroines are exaggerated to make them look like, well, frankly, porn stars at worst, and sexy female athletes at best.”

Even their hair color plays a role in sexism.

Red or black hair is usually reserved for the strongest superheroine around, or the one with the most flamboyant personality — see, for example, Phoenix, Red Sonja, or Wonder Woman — while blondes are still mostly treated as glorified bimbos, regardless of their powers,” she explains, pointing to Supergirl and Smallville as examples of the latter.

Meanwhile, a shaved head often indicates a godlike mental ability — think Deadpool’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead or Stranger Things’ Eleven — but can also double as a signifier of sexual preferences. Dokou points to Moondragon, a ’70s-era telepathic martial arts superhero with a shaved head, who was eventually revealed to be bisexual after dating the pixie-cut alien Phylla-Vell. Then there’s the anarcho-punk outlaw Tank Girl, known for her mostly shaved head, who inspired weekly lesbian “Tank Girl nights” in London.

“To put it in a nutshell, the shorter the hair, the more precarious a character’s relationship with traditional femininity,” Dokou says.

She notes the only movie that seems to have any kind of “hair diversity” is Black Panther because the costume and make-up artists styled them to reflect different tribes in Africa.

This is today’s feminism and it’s ridiculous. Instead of enjoying superheroes and celebrating the strong female characters portrayed on the big screen, Jennings is reducing them to their looks.

Does anyone even pay attention to their hair? Most likely not and even if they did, these are fictional characters – WHO CARES IF THEY ALWAYS HAVE PERFECT HAIR? I doubt many little girls are sitting around crying because their hair isn’t perfectly blowing in the wind like Supergirl’s. And I’m pretty sure that Kara Danvers wears her hair up or pulled back most of the time when she’s not saving people.

Also, Harley Quinn wears her hair in pigtails but that’s probably to convey a  sexualized image, so I guess she doesn’t count.

There are plenty of male superheroes who wear their hair down too – Thor, Loki, or Bucky anyone? No mention of that in her hit piece on comic book movies. What does that say about masculinity? Oh, the horrors!

Why must third wave feminists try to ruin everything? Stop taking everything so literal and just enjoy watching these leading ladies kick butt and look fabulous while doing it!

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Hotel Shampoo is Racist Now?

I don’t know about you, but I never pay attention to the samples of hotel shampoo and conditioner. I travel all the time and bring my own from home because I like the brands I use best.

Apparently pop singer Halsey doesn’t do the same and over the weekend, accused hotel chains of being racist because they don’t provide hair products for African American people. She says chains should be more inclusive and sensitive to other hair types and that they cater to white people with the products they stock in their rooms.

When someone suggested she bring her own, she replied she might be in a position to do so but others financially can’t afford it. I find that REALLY hard to believe. Has she priced travel size products lately? Because normally it’s under $1 or to save even more money, just buy reusable travel size containers you can re-fill with your products you have at home. It’s not that big of a deal.

People weren’t especially supportive of the singer, saying it was a non-issue and hotel shampoo is terrible for all hair types, not just African Americans.

I couldn’t agree with this person more.

 

Kanye West Becoming a Voice of Reason?

Yeezy is raising some eyebrows with his latest Tweets. Yesterday, he tweeted that he likes the way Candace Owens thinks.

Owens is a conservative African American who has been critical of the Black Lives Matters movement. She’s the communications director for Turning Point USA and has her own YouTube channel where she often criticizes liberal policies. She’s also a strong Trump supporter.

On Fox and Friends this morning, she thanked Kanye for his support, adding that “Kanye West does not really want to fold to controversy. If you look at things historically, Kanye West has really represented the battering ram against political correctness.”

Liberals were immediately upset by West’s tweet.

Then today, West began fighting back, tweeting in favor of differing opinions and railing against the thought police.

Hate to say it but Kanye is making a lot of sense here. And it’s kind of refreshing to see a celebrity thinking oppositely of how people think he should.

Actress Stacey Dash ends bid for Congress

While Congress may be filled with many clueless people, it will not have anyone who starred in the film “Clueless.”

That’s because actress Stacey Dash has ended her congressional bid in California. Dash made the announcement Friday, posting a statement to Twitter.

Dash said she “believes the overall bitterness surrounding the political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning, and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of my family.”

The Republican and former Fox News contributor bows out of the race after filing to run in California in February.

It’s unlikely Dash would’ve won, considering she was running in heavily Democratic California. Even though she’s a female and a person of color, she would’ve had an “R” by her name and while Dems may drone on and on about diversity, having a “D” by the candidate’s name comes before race, gender or sexual orientation.

-BZ

South Park creators: ‘We’re Republicans’

Matt Stone and Trey Parker have created one of the most crude, vulgar and absolutely hilarious shows in television history: South Park.

If you aren’t familiar with South Park or its many, many characters such as Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, Stan, Butters or Professor Chaos, where exactly have you been the last 20 years or so?

South Park has a knack for causing controversy, taking current events and going in a completely unexpected, even absurd direction with them.

In addition to being hilarious, the show is often thought-provoking, using comedy to make their, which generally don’t follow the typical Hollywood liberal, point of view.

Well, Stone and Parker have done it again, making waves in Hollywood.

According to a post from conservative author and radio host, Larry Elder, he recently introduced the pair before a liberal group that was honoring them with an award.

Anyway, the creators apparently surprised the group, saying “We’re Republicans. No, seriously, we’re Republicans.”

This is typical Stone and Parker, take someone’s expectations and turn them on themselves.

Whether they are actually Republicans, who knows. But one could easily make that because argument South Park generally espouses Republican/Libertarian views.

-BZ

Taylor Swift Breaks Her Political Silence

Up until now, Taylor Swift has been silent on anything having to do with politics. Sadly, that era is over.

Swift posted this on her Instagram page, supporting tomorrow’s March for Our Lives and gun reform. She says she has been moved by the students from Parkland and donated to their cause.

Short, but a powerful statement from one of music’s biggest stars on the planet.

Taylor is free to have her own views of course, but it was really refreshing that we didn’t have to hear about them and could enjoy her music without the political baggage that comes with so many celebrities.

Will her conservative Second Amendment supporting fans shake this off or has she done lasting damage to her reputation?

-K

‘Sex and the City’ actress announces run for governor of New York

Another celebrity from New York has announced their intention to run for office. However, unlike the last celebrity from the Empire State to run for office, the White House is not in their sights…at least not yet.

Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda, on the popular HBO series Sex and the City, is running for governor of New York.

The actress will challenge the current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, in this year’s Democratic primary.

Check out the ad below:

Nixon certainly puts her Hollywood experience to work in this extremely well made ad. She talks about her children, the growing income disparity between New Yorkers and hits the typical Democratic/progressive hot button issues.

In addition to her ad, Nixon has also launched a campaign website.

While most people won’t have a dog in this fight, this should still be an interesting race to watch.

-BZ

 

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