We need gender neutral terms for orientation
I’m starting to think it would be better to use terms for being attracted to men and being attracted to women that have nothing to do with one’s gender. The terms “asexual” and “bisexual” are a better model than “straight” or “gay” since they don’t make assumptions based on the speaker’s gender.
If you’re a man it’s assumed you’re attracted to women and if you’re a woman it’s assumed you’re attracted to men … unless the modifier “homosexual” is used. But those assumptions are misguided, archaic, and lead to illogical statements like “As a man, I think [Currently Popular Actress] is hot,” or “As a woman, I think [Currently Popular Actor] is fine.” But since it’s not the gender of the speaker that informs their opinion, who cares? One might as well say “As an electrician, I can say that’s a pretty cloud formation.”
Behavioral science uses the terms “androphilia” and “gynephilia” for attraction to men and masculinity and women and femininity, respectively. They may not sound that natural now, but if these concepts became commonplace I could be hanging out with like a lesbian friend and a gay male friend and say something like:
Me: “As a gynephile, I’d sure like to date [Currently Popular Actress].”
Gynephile female friend: “As a fellow gynephile, I concur.”
Androphile male friend: “As an androphile, I’m more interested in [Currently Popular Actor].”
Androphile female friend: “Yeah, he’s a cutey.”
sliverchopstick asked: Urrgggg. Just finished watching Man of Steel. Can you direct me to your blog post with the comic recommendations and/or recommend other Supes stuff? I need more classical-type Superman to cleanse my pallet.
Great article, Linkara.
Personally I think the best antidote to MoS is “Superman: The Movie” because it specifically addresses one of the issues Snyder’s film handled so poorly: Trust between the government and the governed.
While MoS is supposedly “darker,” people forget that the late 70s was at least as bitterly cynical a time as the 21st century has become. On the heels of Vietnam and Watergate the common wisdom was that anyone with power was inherently untrustworthy, and anyone with a desire to do good was at best tragically naive, and at worst a liar.
The characters, who were written as updated counterpoints to their gee-whiz 1950s TV incarnations, approached the issue of a powerful person who apparently wasn’t out for personal gain in different ways. While it was handled comedically, Perry White saw the “Caped Wonder” as just a big spectacle to be exploited for newspaper sales. Worldly and world-weary Lois openly scoffed at Superman’s seeming naiveté, while pitying Clark’s earnestness. And Luthor saw him “and everything he stands for” as a challenge to be surmounted as well as prey to be hunted.
But Superman overcame each of these threats to his worldview through purity of purpose and his belief that people are worth saving and being honest with. He won over Lois and the public by being exactly what he said: “A friend” (reference!) who is here to help. He defeated Luthor’s myopic land grab with the help of the even more worldly Miss Teschmacher, in exchange for promising to stop the Hackensack missile first. Of course that cost him Lois and opened up the can of worms and plot holes that came from reversing time, but that was supposed to lead directly into issues for the next film.
I think “Superman: The Movie” is largely about the triumph of optimism over cynicism, and the strength of decency in a time where morality is assumed to just be another con job, and the strong are assumed to make the rules. MoS on the other hand made it pretty clear that Snyder’s Superman is not only disdainful of humans and our rules, he is happy to violently defy law any he finds inconvenient.
Seriously, by smashing that satellite at the end he was saying he wouldn’t be bound by human laws. It’s one thing to evade detection, it’s another to destroy government equipment.
(Sorry this is so long.)
Remind me to never to get on Jerry Holkins’ bad side
Having been nearly wiped out and threatened by the deadly Cult of the Dragon, our heroes retreat to an inn.
OMIN: “I am really, really mad.”
MÔRGÆN: “Sorry boss…”
BINWIN: “You alright?”
MÔRGÆN: “…our bad.”
JIM: “I saw my nanna!”
OMIN: “There is no… I’m not entirely sure there is something we could’ve done…”
"The next time we fight these fucking people, it’s going to be from the inside of a robot."
"I am going to cord that man to the palm of Jim’s arm… And I’m just… I’m going to break the lever off."
Their campaign may be mostly about jokes, but I’ll be damned if there aren’t some moments of genuine drama too.
You’re all crazy but beautiful people
((WHERE DID 925 OF YOU COME FROM?!))
Saw your comics, couldn’t resist.
[AGGRESSIVELY ATTEMPTS TO ENJOY SOMETHING WHILE IGNORING HALF OF THE FANDOM]
"The" problem with Moffat’s writing? I still watch the show (for social reasons), but I can’t ignore it any more.