All posts by Marcy

Marcy (@marcyjcook) is writer with a nerd job that pays some of the bills. She lives with far too many cats, she’s trans, sex positive and has an ongoing sordid love affair with Lego. Those last two are not related… probably.

Talking Squirrel Girl With Ryan North

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Originally posted to The Mary Sue

When Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green, first appeared it was 1991 and she was a fourteen-year-old mutant living in LA. Donning a squirrel suit she tried to impress Iron Man, her favorite hero, and failed badly. Then Dr. Doom attacked and she ended up saving Iron Man’s life fighting alongside Monkey Joe, her first squirrel sidekick, surprising both Iron Man and Dr. Doom in the process. After appearing again in 1992, Squirrel Girl promptly vanished for about decade but gained a cult following in those lost years. She reappeared again in 2005, this time in New York and alongside the Great Lakes Avengers.

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Why All Those Sexist Complaints About The New Ghostbusters Movie Are Garbage

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Originally posted to The Mary Sue

I simply love the first Ghostbusters movie, though I know it has issues. It gets lost a little in the last third, and its treatment of women is not exactly that positive (right from the opening, where a professor is targeting a student for sex). Despite that, I’d still argue that the movie contains some of the greatest filmmaking of all time. Okay, I might be biased as I’m a fan, but even Bill Murray agrees. Clearly he’s not biased because he’s Bill freaking Murray. I won’t argue with Bill freaking Murray.

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Why Transparent has lost the trust of the transgender community

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Originally posted to The Mary Sue

I’ve written about the issues I have with Transparent before, but buckle in – we’re going to take another spin. I was one of the people on Twitter that was not happy with all the mainstream media attention the show received, especially after the Golden Globes. The speeches were good, and the show genuinely does have it’s heart in the right place, as does the main lead. But public opinion on Transparent is split: to cisgender people, it’s a positive accurate portrayal of the “trans experience”; to transgender people, it’s a lot less accurate and positive.

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Eddie Redmayne And Hollywood’s Cis Problem

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Originally appeared on The Mary Sue

Who you cast is a representation of the story you want to tell. The body personifies how someone speaks, how they move, and the facial expressions they make – all of which becomes the vehicle for conveying the story. So the act of casting is very important, and only gets more important when the story to be told is not just for entertainment. If you are telling the story of an oppressed subset of society, the casting becomes absolutely vital.

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Getting Under the Covers with Sex Criminals

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Originally appeared on The Mary Sue

Sex Criminals was on pretty much everyone’s “Best Comics of 2014” lists. Is it perfect? No, because it’s not Chris Evans’ buns. Is it worth dipping into? Yes, much like Chris Evans’ buns, it really is. It’s Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, mainstream writers doing something a little different in comics. It’s a tale where the superpowers are very much adult-oriented – because their power comes from orgasms. Don’t expect much in the way of titillation here, though; the sex depicted isn’t movie perfect, nor is it straightforward. It’s sweet and gross, meaningless and vital, hurtful and empowering. It’s sex as it really is: complex.
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The Media Aren’t The Only Ones Failing Transgender Women of Color

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Originally from The Mary Sue

I think we can all agree at this point that the coverage of transgender women in mainstream media is terrible. The handling of trans issues is not exactly positive even at the best of times, and this is despite handy media guides put out by the likes of GLAAD. When it comes to transgender women of colour (TWoC) the coverage gets worse, it spans all the way from disrespectful at one end to abusive lies at the other and recent tragedies have brought this to light in the worst way.

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