Say that three times fast.
Anyway, I essentially wanted to address two quick points.
1. Rachel pointed out that my list could discriminate against some folks I don’t wish to discriminate against, so here is the updated version:
1. Do you identify as Female?
I don’t mean “identify WITH females” I mean “Identify AS female.” Are you either biologically OR gender-wise female. If not, then step off for a second before you go marginalizing everything we say because it makes you “feel bad.”
And that leads me to Point 2: Perhaps if women pointing out that there’s exploitive and misogynistic bullshit going on in comics makes you feel bad or attacked, then maybe, just maybe, on a subconscious level, you know it’s fucked up even as you desperately try to justify how it isn’t.
Really, you need to let go and realize that you can love something even with all it’s faults. Adults do that. It’s ok.
Also, if every time you say something to any female blogger you get “hostile” responses, I’d take a look in the mirror, sunshine. There’s only one constant here, and it ain’t us. Contrary to popular belief, we aren’t a “hive-mind” and we don’t all think alike. We are individual people with different life experiences and backgrounds. A lot of times I read other female comic bloggers and roll my eyes so hard they threaten to fall out of my head. And I’m more than sure some of them feel the same about me.
It’s just like I told a friend of mine who was bitching about her latest boyfriend being a lousy lay after they broke up, like she did about EVERY guy she ever broke up with.
I looked her in the eye and said, “You know, sweetie. I’ve slept with a fairly representative sample of guys and I have to say, I’ve not had NEAR the number of lousy lovers that you seem to rack up. So, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that since you’re the only constant, and you get out of sex what you put into it about three quarters of the time, I’m gonna suggest that maybe the problem here is you.”