“And why get angry at Helen?
As if she singlehandedly destroyed those
multitudes of men.
As if she all alone
made this wound in us.”—Spoken by Klytaimestra in Aiskhylos’s Agamemnon, translated by Anne Carson. (via patricknathan)
horror movies that kill off the animals first are weak. there should be one where the people get killed off in the first 20 minutes and the dog, the parakeet, and the bearded dragon have to fight the ghost instead
There’s a horror comic about a group of dogs and cats dealing with monsters, Beasts of Burden.
Four years earlier, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.
Five years before that, in 1963, Medgar Evers was shot and killed.
Eight years before that, in 1955, a young Black man named Emmett Till was tortured, then shot and killed.
These events, and numerous others with frightening similarity, happened in a line, and in the early years of the first decade to reap the social benefits of the Civil Rights Movement, Marvel Comics gives the fans (and the world) a Black male superhero whose primary superhuman aspect… is that he’s bulletproof.
Not flight, or super speed, or a power ring.
The superhuman ability of being impervious to bullets.
Superheroes. Action heroes. Fantasy heroes.
Is there any doubt the power fantasy of the Black man in the years following multiple assassinations of his leaders and children by way of the gun would be superhuman resistance to bullets?
In American society, the Black man has come a long way from the terrors of the past handful of centuries, only to crash right into the terrors of the 21st century. Some of those terrors being the same exact ones their grandparents had to face and survive — or not.
There are Black men who are wealthy, powerful, formidable and/or dangerous. They can affect change undreamt of by their parents, and their parents’ parents. Their children will be able to change the world in ways we can intuit and others we can barely begin to try and predict.
But a bullet can rip through their flesh and their future with no effort whatsoever.
And so we look at Luke Cage, a man who gets shot on a regular basis, whose body language is such that he is expecting to be shot at, prepared for the impact — because he knows he can take it.
And maybe, in the subconscious of the uni-mind of Marvel Comics, is the understanding that Luke Cage may unfortunately always be a relevant fantasy idea for the Black man.
2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed.
2013 – Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed.
2014 – Michael Brown is shot and killed.
2015/2016 – Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.
I look forward to seeing if the Luke Cage of that show will have a true understanding of his power and what he symbolizes.
Back when I was in charge of hiring for GameStop, a guy came in, handed me his application, and ‘accidentally’ let a sonic screwdriver fall out of his sleeve. “Now that you know I’m a time lord, I guess you’ll haaaaave to interview me,” he laughed alone, and that’s why I refuse to watch Doctor Who.
Hi! My Name is Naphtalie Jeanty and QPOC student at UC Berkeley. With everything going on in Ferguson my friend and I felt the need to do something tangible to help. We started a gofundme page to help the citizens of Ferguson with legal defense of whatever they request and we will be contacting community leaders to assess wants and needs, and ensure that the money goes where it is most needed. Please reblog the link below!
I’m editing the following anthology and submissions have slowed a little bit with about a month and a half left in the reading period. I’m not sure why I didn’t post this on Tumblr sooner, but better later than never, I suppose. Tumblr has so many writers who identify all along the LGBTQiA/MOGII acronym and/or who care about seeing more than cishetero people represented in science fiction and fantasy that it’d be a shame not to see some of your stories in my inbox.
(Gender) Queered Space is an anthology of speculative fiction focused on characters who defy, transgress, toy with, subvert, or who reject or just plain don’t fit into the gender binary of cisgender (non-transgender) man or woman. Got a space opera starring a trans woman and her non-binary lover? A steampunk story with a genderfluid protagonist? A retelling of Snow White with a bigender Snow White? Show us! Characters can be any sexual orientation as long as their gender identity isn’t (at least primarily) cis male or cis female.
Although we are particularly interested in stories by transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, and non-binary authors, and all other authors who don’t fit into the male-female gender binary, authors of any gender identity are welcome and encouraged to submit.
We are particularly interested in reading submissions about characters who are underrepresented in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres. These include but are not limited to: people of color (particularly those who live in countries other than the US), disabled/neuroatypical people, working-class people, non-Christian people, immigrants, and people who live outside the US.
Our interest in diversity also extends to authors. We are particularly interested in stories by writers of color, disabled/neuroatypical writers, working-class writers, non-US writers, non-Christian writers, immigrant writers, and writers whose primary language is not English but who have translated their stories into English.
Stories should be 2,000 – 10,000 words long and should be sent as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or Open Office attachments to email@example.com. If you work on a Mac and are not sure how to convert, let us know. Standard manuscript format preferred.
We are not interested in the following:
Stories that denigrate transgender and genderqueer/genderfluid identities. This should go without saying, of course.
Stories that denigrate any race, ethnicity, culture, sex, gender identity, sexuality, nationality, religion, class, or other group, or that appropriate or exotify any identity. Look up “cultural appropriation” for an idea of what we mean.
Stories where a protagonist saves a backward alien race—or even a human culture—that can’t possibly save itself. No Avatar remakes, please!
“Issue” stories that only serve to teach the main character how not to be transphobic/racist/homophobic/some other form of prejudiced.
Stories where the sole explanation for the antagonist’s behavior is that they are “crazy.” Seriously, do NOT do this.
Fanfiction (stories that use characters the author doesn’t hold a copyright to)
And, this should go without saying: stories that feature a transgender or non-binary person prominently but are really about a cis man—especially those where a woman is his prize for doing something well.
Submissions open May 26 and close September 26.
Please send submissions to editor JoSelle Vanderhooft at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line: Gender Queered Space: Submission: (Your Last Name): (Title of Your Story)
A bit about me: I’ve edited seven anthologies to date, mostly of lesbian SF/F (the most read of these is Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, which was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award). I’ve made including diverse authors in my projects a priority for the last decade. I identify as bisexual/omnisexual and do not identify as cisgender.
I have a story in Steam Powered and can verify that JoSelle is a wonderful editor to work with :)