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The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.

If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.

America Is Not For Black People (via jenn2d2)

This quote just keeps cycling through my mind with everything I read about US policing lately.

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Heteronormativity isn’t just about the presumption that everyone is heterosexual. The expectation that boys woo girls feeds into your mind the expectation that relationships are necessary for fulfilment, and you are less than if you are not having particular kinds of sex with a particular, and a particular kind of, person at particular intervals. It’s about what Lauren Berlant calls the love plot, in which love is produced as a generic text enabling society to interpret your life as following certain conventions. It’s not about what you want, it’s about what you’re supposed to want. You’re not encouraged to think about what you want in relationships, if anything, so much as you are encouraged to fit a script. Heteronormativity messes things up for everyone, straight people included.

Tossing the script of desire | Zero at the Bone (via brute-reason)

Have I already reblogged this? Don’t know don’t care.

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marvel comics meme: 1/7 relationships  remy lebeau & laura kinney 

You asked why I came lookin’ for you. It wasn’t for Storm. Not the X-Men either. It was for this. To be here for you.  Why? You hardly know me. You hardly knew Alice. I knew enough. My point, exactly.

X-23 #17

Hordes of men they hit the shields // Like waves they break away
We will sacrifice them one by one // Send them off to the gods (x)
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Did Ronan and Crystal date or sth??? I mean dafaq?? Does she not have standards?

holypama:

OKAY SO

  • first of all EXCUSE YOU HAVE YOU SEEN RONAN
  • second of all “does she not have standards” she dated Johnny Storm and was married to Pietro Maximoff for a while. She has very bad taste in men.

it’s actually her best relationship and they’re the cutest cute to ever cute

but I’m never blind to it not starting in the best places. They’re actually married, not dating, and it was basically a political marriage to marry the Kree and Inhumans under friendly terms after they have had… not so friendly terms in the past… Ronan kidnapping their entire race to use as weapons to assassinate the Shi’ar and Spartax rulers of the time lmfao

the marriage was suggested by Ronan during a very quick bartering that they work together to get back Black bolt from the skurlls WHICH MEDUSA HAD NO PROOF HE WAS ALIVE medusa is a terrible politician

and in the end, Crystal does agree to marry him, for the better of inhumans and honestly she could only hope this couldn’t be worse than her past marriages. And Ronan… was actually…. really smitten and in love with her and god he showed up with flowers for her on their political marriage wedding day and left when he sort of got slapped she didn’t want this marriage

you should read the entire scene here it’s good esp for Crys, Crys is such a good. But yes, the marriage happened (uhhhh with complications… a war going on…………) but the good thing??? about this marriage?? is that it goes NOWHERE until CRYSTAL deems anything worth happening. Over the coarse of War of Kings and Realm of Kings, she bonds with him, sees that he has actual affection for her, and sort of grows to be affectionate for him to.

He would always keep it professional, as them being partners and equals, but when he called her beloved in the heat of a moment things started… moving… AND IT’S CUTE IT’S SO CUTE

THEY’RE CUTE

BECAUSE HE RESPECTS CRYSTAL AND ADORES HER AND IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN SO LONG SHE’S BEEN WITH SOMEONE THAT TREATED HER IN SUCH A WAY WITH UNENDING AFFECTION. NO WORRIES OF HER NOT LOVING HIM ENOUGH OR HER FAMILY NOT LIKING HIM HE DOESN’T CARE

HE’LL KICK HIS OWN ASS IF HE UPSETS CRYSTAL

AND SHE DESERVES TO BE TREATED LIKE A QUEEN FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY CRYSTALIA AMAQUELIN DESERVES THIS and she comes to love him for it and they’re so in love and so affectionate and their marriage is a real marriage. she chooses to stay with him to rule the kree empire when Ronan is placed in charge of it.

and they’re wretched apart when the supreme intelligence wants Ronan back alone :)

The Sitwell part is the one thing about this movie that gives me serious pause and irritation. I haven’t read the comics, I don’t know if this is a plotline there, but I do know that this version of Sitwell is played by a Latino, and HYDRA is explicitly a Nazi organization. There’s only one way this could have been done without being as sketchy as it is now, and that’s if Sitwell had infiltrated HYDRA, instead of joining them outright as he seems to have. Despite the really welcome presence of Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, this is still an incredibly white movie, in an incredibly white franchise. If you make one of your few characters with an immediate and obvious reason to resist HYDRA suddenly become complicit with actual Nazis, it’s really disconcerting to me. To my knowledge, Sitwell gave no indication of being any less noble than the rest of the featured SHIELD agents in his other appearances in the franchise, so this comes way out of left field. And then he dies! It bothers me because I really love this movie with little reservation otherwise. Maybe in Age of Ultron, they can visit him in the hospital and he can be like “AND AS I WAS GONNA SAY BEFORE THAT HALF-ROBOT PUNK BITCH THREW ME INTO A SPEEDING FUCKING TRUCK, I AM NOT ACTUALLY A NAZI, I AM JUST VERY GOOD AT THE COVERT OPS. FUCK THOSE FASCISTS, FOR REAL.”
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To be fair, Catwoman and Elektra were terribly written movies. Catwoman's plot was completely stupid. I firmly believe that a female superhero movie given the same level of writing and the same budget that Iron Man was given would be be a spectacular success. Unfortunately, because they greenlit shitty movies with otherwise good female leads they now have an excuse to say 'well it doesn't sell' when the truth is they bombed because they were bad movies, not because of the leads.

fuckyeahblackwidow:

I agree but I don’t think that’s the whole of it. I’ve been running a Black Widow blog too long to not think there aren’t weird double standards female leads get pulled to. Like, Catwoman and Elektra were bad and it was easy to see that they were bad, that the marketing served them up poorly and played up the action and sexy fights specifically to drag men into it. But there’s a reason there’s a perceived dichotomy between sex appeal and character depth and lots of bad lines in a trailer drove moviegoers away from Elektra but Daredevil did okay enough to get the spin-off.  There’s a reason the the Globe and Mail evaluated Johansson’s performance in the Avengers explicitly as a “token sexy female” stocktype and felt comfortable reviewing her literally in terms of his own fourteen year old boy lust.  (“A pale pink at best” he says, on a scale of his hormonal reds.) 

I mean, I don’t think a female led action movie is an impossible mountain. Hunger Games exists and has millions and millions of dollars in the bank. Lucy just hit #1 at the box office based solely on trailers that played up Johansson’s Black Widow action-cred.  It could sell, we’ve already been selling it, people are thirsty for this.  We’re in such a fucked up situation we’ve convinced ourselves that a movie about a white lady beating people up would be an important feminist triumph.

But these blockbuster action films are traditionally laser targeted at men and boys aged 18 to 39 and Disney bought Marvel so it could sell toys to boys. Women make up almost half the audience of these Marvel movies but like, none of the lead roles, a fifth of the cast and a fraction of the merchandise. And the the problem isn’t just that there aren’t many Black Widow action figures, is that we tell girls and boys they need to play with separate toys, and we tell boys they don’t need a Black Widow to complete the set. Like, it’s that kind of marketing thought that makes “female led vigilante films” a category in the first place, and doesn’t make room for other contexts. It feeds back into itself, like a snake eating its own tail, and meanwhile we just get thirsty.

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In what way was Guardians sexist?

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I had a lot of fun at this movie, but everything Noelle says is true.

I loved GOTG, and I also loved this critique of it.

ayothewuisback:

Oscar Grant breaks up a fight, gets arrested and shot in the back.

Eric Garner breaks up a fight, gets put in a chokehold and dies.

Unarmed Glenn Broadnax gets charged with assault when the police officers who shot at him missed.

Mike Brown gets shot and killed with his hands in the air.

Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed while running to a police officer for help.

James Holmes lights up a movie theater and somehow makes it to a police car.

Something is wrong here.