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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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David Schwimmer Follows the Mike Pence Philosophy and the Media LOVES It

More hypocrisy from the left. Remember when liberals lost their minds over Vice President Mike Pence’s wise practice of not dining alone with another women who isn’t his wife? The VP was called sexist; feminists were concerned that this patriarchal practice meant Pence didn’t view women as equals; others assumed if he couldn’t be trusted to be alone with women, he must have a cheating problem.

In the midst of the Harvey Weinstien scandal, reporter Nell Minow decided to reveal an interaction she had with former Friends star, David Schwimmer. According to Poynter, Minow was interviewing Schwimmer for an upcoming article about a movie he was working on when the area where the interview was being conducted became too noisy to hear. Schwimmer suggested they go up to his hotel room but realized it might be uncomfortable for her and said he could bring a third person along to be present in the room.

Minow is quoted as saying:

“I haven’t thought of that since it happened but the Weinstein stories made me not just remember it but remember it in an entirely different context as an indicator of the prevalence of predatory behaviour and as an indicator of Schwimmer’s integrity and sensitivity.

This wasn’t just about his being a good guy who would not have tried anything.

He understood what it is like to have to be constantly on the alert and he wanted to make sure I understood I was safe.”

She also says she declined the offer but appreciated his integrity.

So why is it that when Mike Pence does the same thing, he’s considered sexist? Why is there such an obvious double standard when it comes to Hollywood and people of faith?

What Schwimmer did was definitely respectable, especially in such a toxic Hollywood environment, and it’s a shame that the same media who is praising him now can’t see past their political bias to commend our Vice President for his honorable morals as well.

Sad.

-K

Mac & cheese is now politically incorrect

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be anything else that could offend, it’s time, once again, to add another item to that ever-expanding list. Ok, so what is it now? What hurt the feelings of social justice warriors this time? Are you ready for it? The offending party this time is…. macaroni and cheese.

Yes, an advertisement for Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese is hurtful to the fragile psyche of social justice warriors.

At this point, you’re probably asking yourself how could an ad for a dish enjoyed by millions be harmful? What could it possibly be? Is Stouffer’s offering mac-n-cheese specifically for Nazis? Are they promoting macaroni and cheese with arsenic and shards of glass?  Perhaps the macaroni and cheese has little bits of ground up puppy?

Wrong, it’s none of the above. It’s far, far, far worse. If you’re able to withstand all the hate in the ad below, take a look at what’s causing pain and anguish.

Did you see it? Do you see the hate? Aren’t you just seething with righteous anger and fury?

No? Well, it’s incredibly sexist and demeaning to women, right? I mean, it has to be, just take a look at these self-righteous, Mensa-level responses to the triggering ad.

https://twitter.com/existingtoday/status/862717615168299008

Who knew macaroni and cheese could be so dangerous and harmful. Thank you social media once again, because the more you know, right?

Forget that you don’t have to buy the product if it really offends you that much. Forget the fact you could unfollow the account if it’s just that distressing. Forget the fact that Mothers’ Day is right around the corner. Yes, thinking and using any amount of common sense that may still be rattling around in your rarely-used brain is difficult.

What will be the next food item to offend? Cheerios? Flour? Eggs? Parsley? We remain on pins and needles awaiting the next faux outrage.

– BZ

 

Anderson Cooper Rolls Eyes at KellyAnne Conway During Interview

In case you missed it, Anderson Cooper had Kelleyanne Conway on his show to talk about President Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. During that interview, Cooper rolled his eyes TWICE while she was talking.

Not only was it incredibly unprofessional (last time I checked journalists were supposed to be unbiased and the eye-rolling is clearly a sign of political bias) but it was also pretty disrespectful to Ms. Conway.

If this had been reversed and it was a male anchor on Fox interviewing Elizabeth Warren or any other female from the Democrat party, the left would immediately shout sexism and come up with another hashtag like the #ShePersisted debacle earlier this year.

So where are the feminists defending Kellyanne Conway against this blatant disrespect and sexism from CNN darling Anderson Cooper? Oh, that’s right – they don’t care because she’s a woman on the right.

Ms. Conway hasn’t always been well spoken during the last 100+ days of the Trump administration but she still deserves the same respect that any other guest gets when going on Anderson Cooper 360.

She seems to be handling the disrespect with dignity & grace, though.

-K