Today I was called an ‘Oversensitive Idiot’, among other things.
I guess I have to claim at least part of that, since it bothers me. (Oddly enough, I feel less bothered my ‘get the rape stick out of your ass’ because I think a statement like that says a lot more about the speaker than the target.)
I am also not feeling that great this morning. We were tearing up carpet last night and my lungs are really paying for the dust etc. kicked up.
But let’s talk about the vehemence directed my way today.
First off, as of 8:30 this morning, I had 427 hits on my blog today. My highest before now was something like 74… and it is only 8:30 am.
Let’s talk a little bit about what I am angry about and how it seems that many people are missing the point.
I am mad that Chaykin made a rape joke in Avengers 1959 in such a casual and unneccesary fashion. This was NOT a major villain that needed some play in order to make him reprehensible. These were two throw away characters that only existed to be knocked out. There was no NEED to make them seem more ‘evil’ or whatever. They were in the way and they work for the enemy, therefore she was going to knock them out. The added rape joke served no purpose.
This is why I didn’t have the same reaction to the brutalization of Tigra in the main book. It served a narrative purpose. This is also why I am not fully in the ‘women in the refrigerator’ camp. Sometimes horrible things serve narraritve needs.
Whatever. I think some people aren’t listening. They have decided I am one of “Gail Simone’s oversensitive idiots” (how Gail Simone got involved I am unsure…) so listening to rational arguments is not quite in their wheelhouse.
That is why I am angry.
Now THIS is why I am sad…
I have recieved nothing but abuse. Look, I don’t need people to agree with me, but listening to people argue in DEFENSE of making rape jokes really bothers me. I had one guy say that I was upset because I didn’t ‘share the same sense of hunour’. In other words, it is OKAY to make jokes like that. I just don’t get it.
No, I am afraid YOU don’t get it.
I recently stood on stage after a talented young poet (Colleen Leafloor) did a poem about Jamie Hubley. When she was done I said to the audience that there is one thing we can ALL do to try and make things better. When you see something, say something. We were talking about people making homophobic comments, even casual ones, but that applies to racism, sexism, whatever. That is what I did. I was angry about something that I thought was unacceptable. Rather than keep quiet, I said something. In return I have recieved nothing but abuse.
Does that say something about the community that I am a part of? Does it say something about the readership of comics?
Or maybe it just says I am an oversensitive idiot.