"When women explain to you — in a calm, nuanced, proportionate way — that there are some contexts in which your advances are less likely to be well-received than others, and you respond by sticking your fingers in your ears and screaming about ball-busting, man-hating feminists who are hell-bent on eradicating all flirting and sex and eroding your First Amendment right to proposition any woman at any time and place? When you resist hearing that hitting on a woman who’s alone in an elevator in a strange city at four o’clock in the morning is not likely to be well-received, that it’s likely to be perceived as a potential threat, and that you are likely to be perceived as an insensitive clod at best if you do it? When we explain ten times, a hundred times, a thousand times, that elevators are well-documented as a common place for women to get raped and that it’s therefore not an appropriate place to make sexual advances — and you still reply, “But I don’t understand what the problem is with elevators?”
I have to assume that getting laid is not the point.
I have to assume that the point is something entirely different. I have to assume that you will do anything to resist hearing that women experience male advances in a very different context from the way men experience female advances. I have to assume that you have an active resistance to understanding that women’s experiences are different from men’s: that (among other things) women routinely get our professional/ intellectual/ artistic accomplishments dismissed in favor of a focus on our sexual attractiveness, and that women have to be seriously cautious about physical and sexual violence from men. When you are so vehemently unwilling to see some of the ways that privilege works in your favor, I have to assume that maintaining privilege is the point."
Democrats Seek Permanent Repeal of Global Gag Rule; GOP Seeks to Enshrine it in Law
Yesterday, Congresswoman Nita Lowey introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, a bill that would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule (GGR), a policy that has been applied and revoked via executive order at each change in the White House, beginning with Ronald Reagan and leading most recently to repeal by President Obama in 2009.
The GGR prohibits international health care providers from receiving U.S. international assistance for family planning if those organizations use other (non-US) funding to provide abortion counseling, referrals, or services, or seek to change laws regarding abortion care in countries in which abortion is a leading cause of death among women ages 15 to 49. Access to contraception and to family planning counseling and information helps [people] and their partners to plan the number and spacing of children they want to have and to avoid unintended pregnancies that lead to abortion. As such, by denying U.S. international assistance to groups that also provide safe, legal abortion, the GGR actually increases the number of abortions, rather than reducing them.
These facts notwithstanding, as we reported last week, House Republicans are seeking to enshrine the gag rule into law. First, the included it in the 2012 State Department Authorization bill which passed out of committee las week. This week, apparently not wanting to leave any doubt about their desire and intentions to undermine women’s health and rights to self-determination, House leadership also included language in the House FY2012 appropriations bill that would make the GGR permanent law. And just to be sure, leadership also included in that bill a ban on U.S. support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and cuts to international family planning assistance. The bottom line of all these policies if passed would mean less support for family planning and more constraints on evidence-based programs, at a time when 215 million women worldwide want to plan their families but have no access to contraception, a set of conditions that again, will not reduce the number of abortions. This bill is expected to be marked up in committee today.
The GDPA would do the opposite, by ensuring under U.S. law that U.S.-funded international family planning programs would be free to deliver services based on public health and medical evidence and in a manner that promotes the basic health and rights of women. In countries where complications of unsafe and illegal abortions are leading killers of women ages 15 to 49, it is irresponsible to say the least to force medical practitioners to remain silent about these issues.
"When a fan commented that he was “exhausted” of reading Superman’s origin over and over again, [Grant] Morrison recommended that maybe he take a break from superhero comics, because “superhero comics are supposed to be fun” and “you should get exhausted by walking up stairs, not reading superhero comics."
Comics Alliance recap of the SDCC Superman panel.
If I shouldn’t get exhausted by superhero comics, and superhero comics are supposed to be fun, why in the hell are they trying so hard to exhaust me and pull all the fun out of my soul when I don’t even read the bloody things, by and large?
Seriously, I’ve been keeping tabs on this whole mess at a distance. I already know they don’t want me — I’m one of those whatsits with the chest handles, so my money is all gross. Besides, paper DC had already mostly alienated me with both the rampant sexism and the continuity so tangle-dense you need a double major in mythology and forestry to cut through it all.
But I read quips like this, and the mansplainy, achingly familiar, “well, those non-Gail Simone lady writers just must not be any good is all” stuff, and it makes me wonder: are they actively trying to get rid of people?
Because that’s a stupid, stupid way to boost your readership or attract scintillating talent, is all.
—- Not that I don’t think there’s a lot of problems in the DC reboot, but I honestly don’t understand why this person is getting a “mansplainy” vibe from this quote. It may be because my instinct is to defend Grant Morrison who is probably my favorite mainstream comics writer. But honestly, if someone said something like this to me, I would have a similar reaction. This quote is about Superman’s origin story, not anything to do with what’s going on with the female characters in the DC reboot, so I find it odd that this person is so quick to prescribe that attitude to this particular thing. Morrison has never been shy about sarcastic responses to people who tell him what he should or should not write about in his comics, he seems like kind of a prickly guy. That’s not a new thing. Don’t accuse him of “mansplaining” or disliking women in comics just because he is defending a thing he is working on that you disagree with. (via magnoliaporter)
I’m “this person.” Tumblr does not consistently alert readers which writer is writing. The “mansplainy, achingly familiar, ‘well, those non-Gail Simone lady writers just must not be any good is all’ stuff” bit is part of the cumulative frustration with the situation, but if you scroll down further in the source article:
On Female Creators: The same Batgirl-clad fan who made appearances at many DC panels over the weekend asked why there aren’t more female creators on DC titles. DiDio said that DC Comics hires the best writers and artists they can, to much applause from the audience. Morrison quipped that he looks great in a dress, to which the questioner responded, “I appreciate you trying to brush me off.” Morrison then encouraged women in the audience to submit their work to DC.
(That particular point at the end: Morrison encouraged women to submit to a nonexistent slushpile - DC doesn’t actually take unsolicited submissions, so these women are all going to find their submissions rejected out of hand or disappeared into the aether.)
dcwomenkickingass and ladiesmakingcomics have been breaking that situation down well enough that going into redundant detail is pointless, which is why I didn’t elaborate more. People who are following this situation already know about it, and people who are likely to do more research will be doing so through more dedicated sources already covering it in more detail than we’re likely to.
I’m sorry if I wasn’t perfectly clear on the subject, and I’m happy to edit in links to explanatory content on the original article if this is a common misunderstanding.
You guys! It’s my favorite thing! When someone tries to mansplain away the mansplaining and very clearly shows that they have not been keeping up at all! I award no points, and may god have mercy on your soul. Wednesday is of course awarded 3billion points, one whole internet, and ponies.(via emilytheslayer)