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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Witcher 3 And Butts

At long last the oft-delayed, sprawling, 100-plus-hour epic role playing game from CD Projekt, The Witcher 3, is out. It’s a free-roaming, open world game where you can do the main storyline, or faff about doing things like picking flowers like I did in Skyrim, or collecting junk like in Fallout 3, or different ores in Dragon Age: Inquisition. You get the idea; I waste a lot of time in these games doing side quests and collecting things. Which is both good and bad; I certainly get my money’s worth out of open RPGs, but it can take me a while to complete them.
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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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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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What is the Male Gaze? What is the Female Gaze?

What is the male gaze? What is female gaze? And why aren’t the two equivalent?

The male gaze was first used to describe how the audience for a movie is required to observe from the perspective of a heterosexual male; in almost all movies woman exist for men to enjoy, and the message is you too could have this. I say “this” because what the male gaze does is reduce the woman down to an object for the man. 
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Questionable Content – The Claire Interview

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I originally wrote this for The Mary Sue.

Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques is one of the popular and longest running webcomics online. Aside from a few filler guest strips Jeph has been writing and illustrating QC since 2003, and since 2004 it’s been updated five times a week. It’s a tough commitment but after only a year of QC it became his full time career and now has amassed 2849 editions. Not many webcomics ever achieve either of those feats.
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Ms. Marvel Issues #1-9 Catch-up!

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I originally wrote this for The Mary Sue

I’m a huge fan of the updated Ms. Marvel with Kamala Khan as the protagonist. Marvel has been hitting it out of the park with this comic and even my forgetful 10 year old daughter asks me repeatedly when the next issue is coming out. If you haven’t hopped on board yet you really should and here’s a spoiler filled comic catch-up of what’s been happening so far so you can start at #10, out November 19th..
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Batgirls Painful Joker

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Recently DC comics started circulating the June 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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