Wednesday, November 28, 2012

James Gunn is a Sexist Douche, Apparently

I won't give this twat too much attention, as he is already staring down the gaping maw of a very angry internet, but apparently James Gunn compiled a list of superheroes people might want to have sex with. The post has been taken down, the cached version is here. 

There are plenty of ways to remark upon the physical beauty of a person (or fictional character) without coming off as a complete prick. This is not the way to do that.

On Storm:
"Storm is once again our highest ranking woman-of-color and considering most of our other women-of-color on this list are green or blue or pink, that’s quite a feat." 

Yes, because brown is a terrible color, ESPECIALLY for skin. What a motherfucking dick.

On Batwoman: 
"This lesbian character was voted for almost exclusively by men. I don’t know exactly what that means. But I’m hoping for a Marvel-DC crossover so that Tony Stark can “turn” her." 

This. Bitch. I will wreck this bitch's face.

On Batgirl: 
""Being a teen mom and all, you know she’s easy. Go for it." 

You've got to be fucking shitting me.

He also says a bunch of shit expressing his utter disgust at even the potential situation of being in bed with another man, Gambit (we get it, you like PUSSY AND ONLY PUSSY AND YOU'VE NEVER EVEN THOUGH ABOUT PENIS AND YOU ONLY ACCIDENTALLY TOUCHED A GUYS BALLS LIKE ONE TIME BECAUSE IT WAS SUPER FOGGY IN THE LOCKER ROOM SHOWER). 

That's okay, buddy. Gambit is so out of your league. Enjoy your flame war. You earned it. 

Leave this tit some love, if you wish. 

Information via Sarah Boyce. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Religion and The Holidays

I try really hard not to be a recalcitrant little asshole when it comes to my atheism. I understand the profundity of true faith, and the good it can do for people. I've tried really hard to quash my militant atheist ways, and have been guilty of condescending anti-faith finger-wagging douchebaggery in the past. I won't rag on somebody for having a religion anymore (I will poke fun, though, there's a difference). 

One thing that really bothers me, however, is the observation of others faith during the holiday season.

My fiancee's mother is very religious. She attends Christmas Eve mass, and expects her children to do the same. She is an extremely sweet lady, and is not mean, coercive, or passive aggressive about it. She simply requests that they join her. My fiancee and her brother have, in the past, gone to mass with their mother, and been good-natured and silly about it (he'll quietly sing Christmas hymns and insert his dog's name into the lyrics under his breath). My fiancee has not requested anything of me, neither has her mother, but we're visiting her mother for Christmas this year, and I recognize that it's likely that I will expected to attend without question.

Religious services, particularly Catholic services, make me profoundly uncomfortable. I went to mass with a friend and her family a few years ago, intending to soldier my way through it, thinking it would be no big deal. In the middle of the mass, the priest brought a bunch of kids up to the altar, started reading them bible verses, and began engaging in what can only be described as blatant indoctrination. He began a call-and-response with this group of kids, who were so eager to be part of the group, telling them that they had to listen to Jesus. That Jesus was the ONLY way. That they were bad people if they didn't stick with the church forever and ever. These kids were 5 and 6 years old. I had to go outside and smoke.

I respect others faith, to the best of my ability. It doesn't help that there are large groups of people who, on a daily basis, try to strip me of my humanity (as a gay person) using their "faith" as their excuse. I will not berate one for one's faith. However, I deeply resent the fact that those that do not subscribe to a religion are constantly expected to defer to those that do. I've been told that politely opting out of the ceremony would be horribly rude, and that I should be embarrassed to even consider such a thing. 

The Catholic church actively works to cover up the rape of children by priests. The Catholic church pays no taxes, and contributes only about 4% of its total profit to charity.   The church does back flips to keep women from positions of leadership. The church grants women the right to exist insofar as they are willing to incubate a fetus at the cost of their own life. The church refuses to allow the members of its clergy to marry and live fulfilled lives and pursue normal sexual and emotional happiness. The church wags firey fingers and damnation in the face of children when they dare to have a sexual thought, and sexually and emotionally stunt entire generations of people.

I despise these things.  I have a huge, huge problem with these things.

These are not things I will bring up, at all, during Christmas. I have no desire to rob my fiancee's mother of her faith. It just bothers the hell out of me that those of no faith always have to defer to those that have faith.  I hate that it makes me a total douchebag dickface for even considering opting out of hanging out with the members of an institution that, in my opinion, does more harm than good anymore. I just want the same respect that I attempt to bestow upon others. Is that too much to ask?

You go to church, I'll stay home and clean your bathroom, cool? Cool.