Trans Men & Media Representation

Recently there has been a lot of talk about Aydian Dowling. He’s in competition run by Men’s Health Magazine, where one of their readers could become their next cover model; someone who has leadership, has helped their community, and exemplifies the fitness goals of the magazine. Aydian has done all those, and then some. Currently he’s way ahead in the magazines public voting poll and it seems like he’s going to win easily. So why is this news outside of the fitness geek circle?
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Marvel Universe Live

I just went to see the show Marvel Universe Live. (I keep writing Lice, but that is a whole other show; 10/10, would itch again). MUL, as the name suggests, is a live action play set in the Marvel universe. Of course it doesn’t have the movie stars involved; everyone here is an acrobat or stunt person; no Chris Hemsworth or Robert Downey Jr. That doesn’t stop this from being campy fun.
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Bathroom Debate in Canada Again

The bathroom debate won’t go away. I’m scrolling though Twitter, tea in one hand, warm cat on my lap, and I read another piece describing awful transphobia toward a seven-year-old girl in Canada. Cisgender people somehow think that trans people are a danger to them in bathrooms; it’s an idea that drives past ignorance and into the desert of bigotry, but it’s an idea uninformed politicians don’t want to shake.
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The Batgirl & Joker Cover Controversy Shows The Comic Book Industry Is Growing Up

Recently, DC Comics started circulating June’s variant covers that feature the Joker across different comic book series. The aim was to celebrate 2015 as the 75th anniversary of the Joker. Only things have gone a little wrong. The art across the covers was pretty great, so it wasn’t that. What DC got wrong was the tone on a couple of covers. Look at how spot on the Catwoman cover is, or Aquaman’s or Superman’s faux wedding. Then look at Batgirl’s cover, and to a lesser degree Wonder Woman’s cover. The tonal difference is stark.
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Feminism, Feminists And Joss Whedon

#NotAllMen but a certain group of people, made up of almost all men, are rabidly anti-feminist. Feminism is a word that people seem to react to and yet consistently misunderstand, the dictionary defines feminism as “A movement for granting women political, social, and economic equality with men.” Which shows that feminism is about equality; women need to catch up with all the benefits that just being born male has bestowed on 49% of the earth’s population for hundreds of years. Feminism then is a reasonable goal and yet every time an excuse presents itself a small percentage love to blame feminism for anything they can. Lots of red lights on the morning commute? Feminism. Ice cream melting? Feminism. Movie director leaves Twitter? Feminism.
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Uncle Scrooge #1 – Review

Review: Uncle Scrooge #1 by Romano Scarpa, Jonathan Gray, Cavazzano, Rodolfo Cimino

On my shelf is a battered copy of the 1981 Jumbo Book of Superduck Saves the Day! I’m not entirely sure why but in all my travels I’ve saved this book. It’s 254 pages of Donald, his nephews, and Scrooge fighting off the machinations of the Beagle Boys. When I read the preview edition of Uncle Scrooge #1 it instantly brought back the memory of young-me reading this old Superduck, which in my memory at least is a classic comic book. Many similarities exist between the two even with over three decades separating them, the set up is the same as the Beagle Boys are yet again after the Money Bin and even the art style is consistent. It’s the Disney world where the radios are giant and cars still look like they just rolled out of an affluent 1950s Detroit. Yet the modern world is in here too.
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