A feminism comic I did for my uni’s newspaper. I wish I had a bit more time to work on it, but I’m pleased with how it came out considering the tight deadline!
This is Seventeen Magazine’s BMI Chart. Take a moment to read it.
I am almost 18 years old. According to this BMI chart, I would be healthy between the BMI of 14.8 - 21.7.
Excuse me? Since when is a BMI of 14.8 considered healthy? Not even the smallest-boned of people should be at a BMI of 14.8 when they are 18 years old. To put that into perspective for you - I am 5 foot, 3 inches tall. To even be considered “underweight” on this BMI chart, I would need to weigh under 83 pounds. And if I weighed more than 122 pounds, I would be considered overweight.
Does that sound fucked up to anyone else, or is it just me?
With this sick and screwed-up BMI calculator, Seventeen Magazine is essentially encouraging their readers, mostly teenage girls (the population most at risk for developing an eating disorder) to maintain extremely low weights. How would you feel if you were 123 pounds and 5’3, calculated your BMI, and saw that you were overweight at a perfectly medically healthy BMI of 21.8?
I will be writing a strongly worded email to the editor of Seventeen Magazine to express my anger towards this issue as someone who has struggled with poor body image and anorexia nervosa.
Please, if you feel the way I do - indignant, furious, sick to your stomach - reblog this. Seventeen Magazine will not get away with encouraging body hatred and unhealthy weight goals.
This is absolutely horrifying.
I do not have strong enough words for this.
What issue is this from?
I will also be writing a strongly worded letter to Seventeen.
This is not acceptable.
Is Seventeen magazine out of their fucking mind?
Wow I want to stab someone in the face. I thought this was fake but its real.
wow what the FUCK are you doing Seventeen magazine. what the flying fuck. i’m actually furious.
I’m 5’8”, and if I had a BMR of 14.8 I would be at 95 and a half pounds. INSANE.
I know this is not what I normally post on this blog but it needs a signal boost. This magazine is promoting unsafely low weight to teenagers, who are most susceptible to eating disorders. The bmi to be diagnosed with anorexia is 17.5. Please take time to send an angry email to email@example.com to complain about this. I will even post my email i’m writing them if you want to send the same one. This needs to be addressed.
THEY HAVE A TUMBLR.
Go ahead and send them a message if you can’t send an email.
THIS IS NOT OKAY. THEY ARE ENCOURAGING YOUNG TEENS TO BE UNHEALTHILY UNDERWEIGHT.
Please, speak out against this.
I know why everyone’s so scared of Fake Geek Girls! SURVIVAL HINGES ON CONSTANT VIGILANCE.
Like many of my compatriots, I saw your post regarding “COSPLAY-Chiks” (sic). Before responding to your diatribe against women in the cosplay community, let me elaborate a bit on who I am. My name is Stephanie Lalonde, and I am a Master’s student in Theatre Studies at York University in Toronto. My thesis will focus on cosplay and the construction of identity. I have been reading comics for nearly twenty years. I play D&D and a few other tabletop games. I play video games. I’m well-read and well educated. I’m an actor. I’m a pinup model. I make etched glassware that I sell in Artist’s Alley at conventions. I work at the same types of conventions you do. I taught elementary school for seven years, during which I used comics in the classroom to generate discussion and to give students a different medium in which to work. I am a cosplayer, and have achieved the rank of Regional Master through years of time, money, hard work and dedication. That said, my nerd cred is not in question; your perception of the situation is.
I will break down your argument, such as it is, and offer counterpoints.
These “few” cosplayers that you know: how did they respond when you wrote off the entire community? Please have them comment either here, or they can contact me. I would love to hear their opinions, as I’m certain they have a number of them.
Here’s an interesting point. What do you define as a “REAL Nerd”? Is there a standardized test that every nerd must take to quantify their nerdiness? Is there a licensing bureau? Who is in charge of licensing people before they can call themselves a “REAL Nerd”? Please point me to the URL or nearest standardized testing facility. If this is the case, I propose that every person coming in to the convention must have their nerd card readily available as a form of ID before being allowed to purchase a convention pass. This will eliminate the not-true-nerds, or the ones just getting in to the culture, or the ones who are there to support their nerd friends. There’s no sense in trying to expand one’s fanbase with new fans in this way.
Additionally, you make a point of assuming you know how these “Quasi-Pretty-NOT-Hot-Girls” are thinking about the people who are similarly attending conventions. Have you ever asked a female cosplayer, regardless of the level of attractiveness you perceive them to possess, what they think of the people around them? Until you actually speak to a person and ask them their opinions, do not presume to know what they are thinking. I could be mistaken, as I am assuming you are not a psychic with mind-reading abilities.
From your division between “Big Boobies” and “GREAT Boobies”, I am led to believe that you perceive yourself to be the authority on what is considered to be great breasts, and are defining it on behalf of someone, though I’m not certain for whom you are speaking on behalf. I would like to see your accreditation.
You greatly generalize about the men you refer in your post. You assume that a LOT of comic books fans are “ALL unconfident when it comes to girls”. These are sweeping statements, and I can literally name about fifty men off the top of my head that would have a huge issue with being labeled incapable of speaking to women. According to you, there are “a LOT of average Comic Book Fans who either RARELY speak to, or NEVER speak to girls.” They are more than welcome to speak to us. We are human beings: not aliens, not anthropomorphic beings, not robots, though the costumes may fool some. I’m certain that a grand number of these individuals have mothers, sisters, aunts, female cousins, female teachers, and neighbours to whom they speak. It’s not that different. Here’s a great icebreaker: if they are at a convention, and are dressing in costume, ask the woman about the character or the series the character is from. Most are willing to talk about them. Please keep in mind that sometimes we may not have the time, as we may be running to a panel, or are rushing to get in line for an autograph or gaming tournament. It’s not personal. We are there to experience the con as well, not simply to stand and converse when it is convenient for the men. We all pay admission, and ticket prices are not cheap.
Further, you generalize again when you say “The are being preyed on by YOU.” You make all cosplaying women seem malicious in their desire to dress in a costume. Newsflash: it’s not about you. You have strange comments about what you think women think about: “You have this really awful need for attention, for people to tell you your pretty, or Hot, and the thought of guys pleasuring themselves to the memory of you hanging on them with your glossy open lips, promising them the Moon and the Stars of pleasure, just makes your head vibrate.” I can guarantee you with absolute certainty that every female I know, cosplayer or not, does not think like this. Again, please ask those “few cosplayers” you know if they have wanted men to pleasure themselves at a distance while thinking about them. Ask your female relatives if they think this, too. The answer might surprise you.
You say that you “put this together” watching from your booth at conventions over the years. Again, have your observations ever led you to asking a female attendee?
You continue to generalize in all caps to really drive your point home: “BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT COMICS, BEYOND WHATEVER GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH YOU DID TO GET REF ON THE MOST MAINSTREAM CHARACTER WITH THE MOST REVEALING COSTUME EVER.” I will refer you to my nearly twenty years of reading comics. I will refer you to the countless women I know who would not dare to put together a costume without knowing in great detail the character they are portraying, and their relation to other characters in the series. I will refer you to the growing number of women in the comics industry. There are a few who have already weighed in on your post.
You call women liars, two-faced, deceitful. It makes me wonder what women you have approached to give you this idea. Again, you generalize a lot with these comments, and then put down whatever we may have to say in our own defence by silencing us (“Shut up you damned liar, no you would not. Lying, Liar Face.”) You are not interested in hearing a female point of view. We may be visually appealing, and brightly-coloured costumes are what the “Comic Book, AND mainstream press flock to at Cons” find interesting to put on camera. Is it that you want the interviews instead? Then talk to the press. I’m sure some would want to interview you.
Perhaps you are confused by the creation of a cosplay outfit and its purpose. Notably, they are not cheap. Good construction, materials, and time go into these outfits. Paying that, and then paying for price of admission to a convention, for the simple act of walking around? If we wanted to do that, we’d walk around in a park instead of on concrete floors. We are there for the “real reason for the Con … the Comic Book Artists, and Comic Book Writers who make all that shit up.” This is the only point on which we agree.
We are legion, too. We have voices, education, and knowledge. In our knowledge we find strength. We will speak out against injustice and cowardice, against misogyny and hatred. We dress up because we want to, because we like the character, because we like comics (or sci-fi, or anime, or gaming). We do not owe you anything: not our bodies, however you choose to visually deconstruct it, not our minds, not the time of day if we so choose. We are not there to please you; we are there to please ourselves. We continue to do this despite the abuse, despite the harassment, to which you have just contributed. We are there to enjoy our time at a convention, how we choose, because we paid to be there just like you. We paid to see the comic book writers, artists, and dealers who will sell us these comics and related paraphernalia. Our desire to dress in a costume, or dress in a t-shirt and jeans, is none of your business.
It saddens me to see that someone in the comics industry has such a negative view on a great number of people in the cosplaying community, as many are women. As it stands, there are a vast number of women that you have just alienated, and they will likely not pick up a comic done by you anymore, because of your views on the gender. In a community that gets slandered, bullied, and denigrated simply for liking what it likes, you choose to spread hate. I would love to interview you for my Master’s thesis, and to be able to open an honest, well informed dialogue about this subject. Please get in touch as soon as possible, and I can inform my supervisor that I have an “expert’s opinion” on the matter.
I know it’s a long post, but everyone has GOT to read this because it is brilliant and Sage is one of the most amazing people I have ever known.
Suit up for combat, ladies and gentlemen. We have a serious problem.
Go check out womenrworthless.tumblr.com, (((trigger warning on his blog for: abuse, slut-shaming, slurs, domestic violence, porn, extreme violence, blood)) try your best not to throw up, and then report his violent, idiotic, oppressively misogynistic and violently cruel ass to the tumblr mods.
He masquerades under the cause of “men’s rights”, but no real man, no decent human being, would post the things he does. While he’s obviously trolling, he maintains he’s serious.
C’mon. What kind of asshole gets sick enjoyment out of that shit? Trolling is not an excuse for his horrible, disgusting, and criminal behavior.
The only way to get rid of womenrworthless.tumblr.com is to report enough that the mods are forced to deal with him.
Please. Report him, reblog this post, and encourage your followers to do the same.
**Fair warning, he seems to enjoy people who come into his ask box full of rage, so calling him out? Yeah. Only adds fuel to his fire. Though makes you feel a hell of a lot better, if I do say so myself.
Terms of Service: Compliance with Community Guidelines -You agree that you won’t post Subscriber Content that violates, or otherwise use your Account in ways that violate, Tumblr’s Community Guidelines.In the Community Guidelines it states: “Malicious Bigotry. Don’t actively promote violence or extreme hatred against individuals or groups, on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation. While we firmly believe that the best response to hateful speech is not censorship but more speech, we will take down malicious bigotry, as defined here. “
^^^^^^^^^proof in the tumblr guidelines that they have legally promised to take action against Malicious Bigotry, just in case anyone was worried about the validity of reporting. Or about if we can do anything to change it.
Some nerds were so mad about that “sexism in video games” Kickstarter that they made a competing series to prove that somehow an industry almost entirely staffed by men that makes products intended for men is actually discriminatory against men. This is what happens when women try to voice their opinion on how society treats them: hordes of men feel unreasonably threatened and scramble around like idiots trying to bring the discourse back to a place where men are in complete control, either through harrassment and threats of violence or by making some garbage like this. If you hear anyone trying to pull this embarrassing bullshit, do your duty as a decent human being and rub some dog turds on their face and neck and maybe pee on them too
“Why does mainstream media think gamers are misogynistic, entitled teenage male shitlords????” BOY IT SURE IS A MYSTERY
Warning: I am a feminist and ahead lies a long, angry post. If either of those statements offend you, don’t read it. And maybe unfollow me while you’re at it because this won’t be the last time something makes me angry and I blog about it.
Ok. I hate seeing shit like this on tumblr. People somehow actually think it’s cute, like teeheehee it’s such a clever play on words and it’s telling women to be smart and not whores. Fuck that noise. It’s 2012. Slut-shaming is the absolute worst. The amount of notes this has drives me nuts, and just a glance at the names of the tumblrs reblogging this tells me that they’re mostly women. Women shaming other women. Shaking my whorish head.
I’ll open my legs if I want to. I’ll blow guys if I want to. Sex is awesome, and I am sorry that something so natural offends you. By the way, I also read books and “blow minds”. Sexuality and intelligence are not exclusive.
To my followers: if you intend on reblogging posts like this when you see them, expect to be unfollowed. Immediately. Females have enough shit making them feel terrible in our fucked-up society without your contribution, asshole.
If this makes you angry too, reblog this post and rebel. Do both. Have amazing sex and read large books with big words and give excellent head and write words that make others speechless and and let someone go down on you and learn some advanced academic theories and pleasure yourself on the daily and lecture the ignorant. I promise you, it is possible. And very fulfilling.
And please please please don’t let the kind of people who say stuff like this to you get you down. Maybe they aren’t as intelligent as you, beautiful, and they’ve chosen your sexuality as the easiest way to attack you. Maybe they are jealous of all the wonderful sex you’re having, lovely, and they’ve turned their bitterness into some false sense of moral superiority. I can tell you from experience, it doesn’t matter. They’re products of our country’s warped relationship with female sexuality and you’re the awesome walking paradox that they have trouble wrapping their tiny little minds around. They’ve shoved you into a box labeled “slut” so that they don’t even have to try. But that’s not you. I know because that’s not me, either.
Do your thing, girl. I sure as fuck do.
I’m an intellectual, and I’m also a virgin by choice.
AND I AGREE WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Being smart does not preclude being sexual.
Being sexual does not exclude you from being smart.
If you’re smart and sexual, that’s okay.
If you’re smart but not sexual, that’s okay.
If you’re sexual but not smart, that’s okay.
If you judge others for their sexual choices or encourage them to stay away from sex for any reason other than their own free will not to have sex, THAT’S NOT OKAY.
Life as a Woman - MissAcedia
Something I made to vent my frustrations.
*EDIT* Fixed a typo