I’ve been a big fan of the rebooted Wonder Woman. I though Azzarello did a great job boiling down Wonder Woman to basic qualities - strength, loyalty, determination and giving her a bit of a tough edge. He also brought in a good supporting cast. It was a shake-up that was much needed. Add Cliff Chiang’s bold art and you had a terrific team.
But then the third issue came and we found out that the shake-up included Wonder Woman’s origin was thrown out the window. Clay baby? Nope, born of woman and God getting it on.
At that time I said:
… I am not happy with this change. I giving up a lot and the book needs to deliver a kick ass story to justify it. The fact that the team has already done so much outside of this change for the better (and that they’ve been able to create a breakout character like Strife in two issues) and that they have a very firm grasp on their story makes me believe they can.
Superman and Batman would never have had their basic origin fundamentally changed. The fact that Wonder Woman’s has been encapsulates a lot of the problems with female characters at DC. But I’m willing to step over this line for a story that will elevate Wonder Woman and open the door for more female characters on the A list. A rising tide raises all ships, right? But this is it. Wonder Woman is a great character with a rich history; no more big changes.
>>Freedom of Religion must include Freedom FROM religion. It is an essential component. You want to know a society that had the first but not the second? Imperial Rome, prior to Constantine. You could believe whatever you damn well pleased… complete Freedom of Religion, provided your religion wasn’t an anti-government cult. What they did not have was Freedom FROM religion. You could worship whatever god you wanted… but you also had to worship the Emperor. Don’t want to worship the emperor? See the above about being an anti-government cult… because if you won’t pray to the emperor like a REASONABLE person, you obviously hate SPQR.
“I do not feel that it is reactionary or even inaccurate to describe an unwanted, non-indicated transvaginal ultrasound as “rape”. If I insert ANY object into ANY orifice without informed consent, it is rape. And coercion of any kind negates consent, informed or otherwise.”
“It is our responsibility, as always, to protect our patients from things that would harm them. Therefore, as physicians, it is our duty to refuse to perform a medical procedure that is not medically indicated. Any medical procedure. Whatever the pseudo-justification.”
Thanks to Phil Plait for the heads up on this one.
If you value women, the health of Americans, science, privacy, or freedom, PLEASE READ THIS AND REBLOG.
“I just flew in from Virginia, and boy is my vagina tired! From the involuntary ultrasound wanding — AM I RIGHT, LADIES? (Beat.) And by the way, why do they call it a ‘wand’? Where are we — Hogwarts? The only thing magically disappearing was my dignity and privacy, BOOM!!!
…What’s the difference between a fertilized egg; a corporation; and a woman? (Beat.) One of them isn’t considered a person in Oklahoma! BOOM!!!”—KRISTEN SCHAAL, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
“Lois Lane. If not a name to conjure by, it was certainly one muttered to ward off evil. In the days before digital, or even analog, recording, her keen memory and biting questions could throw off any man beguiled by her face, and back any woman into a corner. The downtrodden whispered her name to keep the powerful at bay, because despite her upbringing as a general’s favorite daughter, she had an instinct for rooting out injustice, for stopping the powerful’s exploitation of the weak.”
As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you…
A further statement I have not seen made… where does employer control of employee health choices end? Can a Jehovah’s Witness employer refuse to cover any surgery that involves blood transfusions? Can Christian Scientist employers require you to go to prayer healings? If your employer doesn’t believe in vaccines, do they get to choose to not cover that? It is dangerous to invoke a slippery slope, but what IS the difference between “you cannot get certain medicines because I object” and “you cannot get other medicines because I object.”
The following day, I attended a workshop about preventing gender violence, facilitated by Katz. There, he posed a question to all of the men in the room: “Men, what things do you do to protect yourself from being raped or sexually assaulted?”
Not one man, including myself, could quickly answer the question. Finally, one man raised his hand and said, “Nothing.” Then Katz asked the women, “What things do you do to protect yourself from being raped or sexually assaulted?” Nearly all of the women in the room raised their hand. One by one, each woman testified:
“I don’t make eye contact with men when I walk down the street,” said one.
“I don’t put my drink down at parties,” said another.
“I use the buddy system when I go to parties.”
“I cross the street when I see a group of guys walking in my direction.”
“I use my keys as a potential weapon.”
The women went on for several minutes, until their side of the blackboard was completely filled with responses. The men’s side of the blackboard was blank. I was stunned. I had never heard a group of women say these things before. I thought about all of the women in my life — including my mother, sister and girlfriend — and realized that I had a lot to learn about gender.
Woman:I got pregnant because I didn't have birth control and I don't want the fetus. Can I have an abortion?
Woman:I gave birth to my child but since I wasn't expecting it, I can't afford daycare. Can I have help paying for it?
Woman:Well, why can't I have birth control?
Government:Because. Sex isn't for recreation.
Woman:It can help regulate my period and benefit me in other ways.
Man:For no reason other than for recreational sex, may I have birth control?
Government:Do you have a penis?
Man:YES, YES I DO!!
Government:WELL HOWDY, VALID CITIZEN. You can buy condoms by the dozens. Here, here's a pack of special condom for "His Pleasure." Oooh, these come in different colours and flavours. Here, try these. They have ribs on them. And this one glows in the dark!! LOL OMG DICK LIGHTSABER!!
Government:But seriously, you're a man. You can do what ever you want.
Government:Shut up, you sinning, freeloading hussy.