Retailers are also seeing a need to adjust their ordering to accommodate some of the new groups they see coming into their stores. While many stores report that their children’s comics sections continue to grow, the demographic that seems to be growing the fastest is young women, aged 17–33. Image titles like The Walking Dead, Saga, and Pretty Deadly have gotten their attention, but Wayne Wise reports that at Phantom of the Attic there are “a lot of young women who are really invested in Marvel and DC titles, as well as the Indies. New titles aimed at this group are an important part of this. Books like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Young Avengers have been particularly successful.” Data from a reader survey by digital comics vendor Comixology supports what retailers are seeing. Chip Mosher, Comixology’s v-p, communications and marketing, confirmed that 20% of its new customers in the third quarter of 2013 were females ages 17–26.
It’s so nice to see vindication of WHAT WE’VE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS.
The late Jon Pertwee's voice is featured in the 40th-anniversary story Zagreus. His part in the story was pieced together from snippets of dialogue (from the fan-produced Doctor Who video “Devious”) recorded prior to his death, rather than after it, which would have been harder to achieve.
“I met my wife at a Star Trek convention. She was study abroad from France and spoke little English, and I didn’t know a lick of French. So, for the first few months of our relationship, we communicated by speaking Klingon.”—
shoutout to sharon carter for not just questioning the orders to hunt down captain america but also for defending the helpless SHIELD tech who had a gun to his head and preventing him from getting killed. shoutout to sharon because you know she grew up listening to peggy’s stories about the struggles in her career and the story of captain america and how they both stood up to bullies and she was not going to blindly obey orders because that’s not what her aunt taught her!!!!!!
“Right so came that lady the huntress, that knew by the dog that she had, that the hind was at the soil in that well; and there she came stiffly and found the hind, and she put a broad arrow in her bow, and shot at the hind, and over-shot the hind; and so by misfortune the arrow smote Sir Launcelot in the thick of the buttock, over the barbs. When Sir Launcelot felt himself so hurt, he hurled up woodly, and saw the lady that had smitten him. And when he saw she was a woman, he said thus: Lady or damosel, what that thou be, in an evil time bear ye a bow; the devil made you a shooter.”—Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII. Chapter 21. a.k.a. how an amazon shot Lancelot in the butt and my day is now complete (via fyeahlancelot)
“Everyone has preferences for which parts of their bodies are stimulated and what ways they are stimulated in. The amount of lubrication that’s just right for one guy is too slippery for another and kind of chafes a third. The pressure that means impending orgasm for one woman may lead another to wonder why you’re being so shy and a third to ask what her clitoris did to you and why you’re trying to bruise it. The only effective way I know of to figure out what feels good to another person is to communicate about it.”—
When I used to work as a sex educator, you’d wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would?) how many cis men would call in and ask how to make cis women orgasm. All we could ever answer was “I don’t know, have you asked her?” And then they’d get confused, offended and angry at the implication that cis women weren’t just machines with buttons that when pressed produce orgasms in reliable and universal ways. When we kept suggesting that they’d have to ask their partners, they reacted with horror or dismissal, as though we’d suggested something grotesque or simply impossible.
It’s reassuring to know that I’m not weird because my parts work in a specific way, and so do other people’s, I like that it takes the emphasis away from ‘performing’, and reminds me that good sex is about trust, respect and having fun together, in whatever form that ends up being.
“Suicidal feelings are not the same as giving up on life. Suicidal feelings often express a powerful and overwhelming need for a different life. Suicidal feelings can mean, in a desperate and unyielding way, a demand for something new. Listen to someone who is suicidal and you often hear a need for change so important, so indispensable, that they would rather die than go on living without the change. And when the person feels powerless to make that change happen, they become suicidal.
Help comes when the person identifies the change they want and starts to believe it can actually happen. Whether it is overcoming an impossible family situation, making a career or study change, standing up to an oppressor, gaining relief from chronic physical pain, igniting creative inspiration, feeling less alone, or beginning to value their self worth, at the root of suicidal feelings is often powerlessness to change your life – not giving up on life itself.