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New rubric for deciding whether a female character’s pose is badass-sexy or just objectifying-sexy: can I picture Bucky Barnes striking the same pose without laughing?

Umm, if you would laugh at DMAB people in “female” poses, you’re a transmisogynist. Just saying. (Didn’t y’all learn anything from trans women complaining about the Hawkeye whatever-it-was?)

Oh, I totally understand the criticism. But there’s more than one factor in play here.

The notion that there’s something inherently funny about “male” characters striking “female” poses does indeed encode shades of transmisogyny.

However, there’s also the argument that some “sexy” poses are ridiculous for everyone, and that the primary reason we don’t immediately find it laughable when female characters are depicted in those poses is because we’ve been desensitised to them by their ubiquity in popular media.

Or, to put the second point another way: the reason that certain poses aren’t seen as sexually objectifying for female characters even though they indisputably would be seen as sexually objectifying for male characters is because female characters in popular media are objectified by default; the gross, undignified poses merely reinforce that established framing, rather than recontextualising it as they would for an otherwise-identical male character.

"Yeah, a perceived man doing something our society codes as feminine is ridiculous and laughable!" <— the very essence of transmisogyny.

I am sick and tired of cis feminists dismissing trans women’s concerns over transmisogyny in order to make a point. And I get your point; I really do, but why did you have to choose this way to make it?

Mm. Off-the-cuff remarks are rarely amenable to deep analysis. If I had to unpack it, though, I’d say it was largely motivated by the realisation that the camera’s gaze in The Winter Soldier sometimes frames Bucky Barnes in ways that are traditionally reserved for female characters (particularly those of the “badass waif” archetype that seemingly every straight male geek on the planet has a boner for), thereby establishing a visual context that’s typically absent in these sorts of comparisons. I can see how that wouldn’t be at all apparent if one had seen only this one post and not those immediately preceding it, though.

(The same comparison could have been made with a comparable cis female action hero, except that Hollywood typically doesn’t let us see those types of characters in the first place. I’m trying to think of one who’d be recognisable to the readers of this blog… hm. Gina Carano’s character in Haywire, maybe? Would she work?)

Yeah, no. The “haha, laughing at a dude and/or person perceived as dude presenting in ways coded feminine, so ludicrous!" thing is transmisogynist, no matter what the context. I mean, it’s just obvious on its face that that’s what it is.

Oh, I don’t disagree. Your reading of my post is entirely fair, and the fact that there was a specific thread of reasoning informing it doesn’t excuse how I framed it. If nothing else, regardless of my intentions, there are those who revel in openly transmisogynist sentiment who would probably construe my post as validating, and that’s clearly unacceptable. My bad.

(That said, I don’t agree that criticising a dude for doing something that’s traditionally coded as feminine is transmisogynist in an entirely context-independent fashion; this formulation entirely forecloses on the possibility of criticism of practices that are only incidentally gender-coded. Nonetheless, even in such cases, it’s the speaker’s responsibility to frame that criticism in a way that makes it crystal-clear that it’s not the alleged masculinity and/or femininty of the practice in question that’s on trial, which I failed to do here.)

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kiriamaya:

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kiriamaya:

prokopetz:

New rubric for deciding whether a female character’s pose is badass-sexy or just objectifying-sexy: can I picture Bucky Barnes striking the same pose without laughing?

Umm, if you would laugh at DMAB people in “female” poses, you’re a transmisogynist. Just saying. (Didn’t y’all learn anything from trans women complaining about the Hawkeye whatever-it-was?)

Oh, I totally understand the criticism. But there’s more than one factor in play here.

The notion that there’s something inherently funny about “male” characters striking “female” poses does indeed encode shades of transmisogyny.

However, there’s also the argument that some “sexy” poses are ridiculous for everyone, and that the primary reason we don’t immediately find it laughable when female characters are depicted in those poses is because we’ve been desensitised to them by their ubiquity in popular media.

Or, to put the second point another way: the reason that certain poses aren’t seen as sexually objectifying for female characters even though they indisputably would be seen as sexually objectifying for male characters is because female characters in popular media are objectified by default; the gross, undignified poses merely reinforce that established framing, rather than recontextualising it as they would for an otherwise-identical male character.

"Yeah, a perceived man doing something our society codes as feminine is ridiculous and laughable!" <— the very essence of transmisogyny.

I am sick and tired of cis feminists dismissing trans women’s concerns over transmisogyny in order to make a point. And I get your point; I really do, but why did you have to choose this way to make it?

Mm. Off-the-cuff remarks are rarely amenable to deep analysis. If I had to unpack it, though, I’d say it was largely motivated by the realisation that the camera’s gaze in The Winter Soldier sometimes frames Bucky Barnes in ways that are traditionally reserved for female characters (particularly those of the “badass waif” archetype that seemingly every straight male geek on the planet has a boner for), thereby establishing a visual context that’s typically absent in these sorts of comparisons. I can see how that wouldn’t be at all apparent if one had seen only this one post and not those immediately preceding it, though.

(The same comparison could have been made with a comparable cis female action hero, except that Hollywood typically doesn’t let us see those types of characters in the first place. I’m trying to think of one who’d be recognisable to the readers of this blog… hm. Gina Carano’s character in Haywire, maybe? Would she work?)

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kiriamaya:

prokopetz:

New rubric for deciding whether a female character’s pose is badass-sexy or just objectifying-sexy: can I picture Bucky Barnes striking the same pose without laughing?

Umm, if you would laugh at DMAB people in “female” poses, you’re a transmisogynist. Just saying. (Didn’t y’all learn anything from trans women complaining about the Hawkeye whatever-it-was?)

Oh, I totally understand the criticism. But there’s more than one factor in play here.

The notion that there’s something inherently funny about “male” characters striking “female” poses does indeed encode shades of transmisogyny.

However, there’s also the argument that some “sexy” poses are ridiculous for everyone, and that the primary reason we don’t immediately find it laughable when female characters are depicted in those poses is because we’ve been desensitised to them by their ubiquity in popular media.

Or, to put the second point another way: the reason that certain poses aren’t seen as sexually objectifying for female characters even though they indisputably would be seen as sexually objectifying for male characters is because female characters in popular media are objectified by default; the gross, undignified poses merely reinforce that established framing, rather than recontextualising it as they would for an otherwise-identical male character.

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New rubric for deciding whether a female character’s pose is badass-sexy or just objectifying-sexy: can I picture Bucky Barnes striking the same pose without laughing?

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It just occurred to me that if you take the standard “implausibly badass teenage girl with tragic yet uncomfortably sexualised backstory and massive emotional hangups stemming from loss of personal agency” character that seemingly every heterosexual male nerd on the planet has a boner for, and you flip the gender, you basically get Bucky Barnes.

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Anonymous said: I legit thought that you meant wasps as in W.A.S.P.S as in White, Anglo Saxon Protestants. In hindsight, the bug thing makes more sense

'fraid not - all we've got around here are Jehovah's Witnesses.

(Who, admittedly, also start buzzing around the place in late August, but generally not for the fruit.)

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This is the one time of year that I love wasps.
Not because the wasps themselves get any nicer. They&#8217;re horrid little creatures year round. No, it&#8217;s because I have a couple of big apple trees out back, and late August, early September is when the apples start ripening.
Now, if you don&#8217;t harvest your own fruit, there are two things you need to know about apples.
The first thing you need to know about apples is that, when apples get ripe, they tend to fall from the tree at the slightest breeze.
I often work late at the office; by the time I get home, there are piles of apples scattered everywhere - and sure enough, the wasps are out in force, gorging themselves on the fruit. When I go to clean up the windfallen apples, the wasps naturally do the &#8220;rawr, I&#8217;ma fuck you up!&#8221; routine for which wasps are known.
The second thing you need to know about apples is that they ferment very rapidly in the late August heat.
So: the wasps try to come at me, but they&#8217;re too drunk to fly. They get about an inch off the ground, then faceplant directly into the turf, flip over onto their backs, and lay there, legs twitching in the air as they try in vain to find something to sting.
Perhaps I&#8217;m a man of simple pleasures, but I bust up laughing every. single. time.
Fucking wasps.

This is the one time of year that I love wasps.

Not because the wasps themselves get any nicer. They’re horrid little creatures year round. No, it’s because I have a couple of big apple trees out back, and late August, early September is when the apples start ripening.

Now, if you don’t harvest your own fruit, there are two things you need to know about apples.

The first thing you need to know about apples is that, when apples get ripe, they tend to fall from the tree at the slightest breeze.

I often work late at the office; by the time I get home, there are piles of apples scattered everywhere - and sure enough, the wasps are out in force, gorging themselves on the fruit. When I go to clean up the windfallen apples, the wasps naturally do the “rawr, I’ma fuck you up!” routine for which wasps are known.

The second thing you need to know about apples is that they ferment very rapidly in the late August heat.

So: the wasps try to come at me, but they’re too drunk to fly. They get about an inch off the ground, then faceplant directly into the turf, flip over onto their backs, and lay there, legs twitching in the air as they try in vain to find something to sting.

Perhaps I’m a man of simple pleasures, but I bust up laughing every. single. time.

Fucking wasps.

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Get Yer Kicks by Marcus J. Ranum

Model: Jazmine

Omg…

Idk if this is a cosplay or she just has really badass clothes…

but I wanna be like her. Or meet her. Whichever.

(via opotamian)

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my favorite tidbit about rome is that in the mid-1800s one of the popes didnt like the statues in rome having dicks so he ordered them knocked off. fast forward to the last decade or so and art historians in conjunction with the vatican are trying to erm. restore. the statues. but the dicks were just. kept in a box. so art historians are going around rome, with a box of dicks, trying to match them up to their owner.

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If you’re thinking of developing a video game, there are two principles to bear in mind:

  1. Never let a programmer handle the art direction.
  2. Never let an artist design the physics engine.

You’d be amazed how many indie games forget one or the other.