"Yato, shouldn’t you cut her connection with you?”Noragami & Real Life
"Yato, shouldn’t you cut her connection with you?”Noragami & Real Life
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the Skywalker family was not how easily they tended to fall to the dark side, but how they eventually returned to the light
This dude is as passionate about swimming as Eren is about killing all titans.
Except he actually goes swimming.
- Batman #32
I was considering putting this up in the quote with my previous post, but decided that it actually needed to be seen, white on grey as it were. Because it is not all that often that Bruce says ‘I love you’ to anyone. Even if it’s in a recording no one will ever hear.
You know what the fastest growing demographic of comic reader is? Women aged 17 to 33. No, I did not make that up. No, that is not a skewed number. Facts, baby, all the way.
With that fact looming it’s not surprising to see a demographic that has been basically ignored by Marvel and DC Comics suddenly getting love. And by that I mean teenage girls.
It makes sense. The earlier you can hook a reader, the more likely they’ll be a comic reader for life. DC and Marvel have done that with dudes for years. But younger women? Eh, not so much.
Oh, they had books with younger characters - Batgirl and Spider-Girl come to mind, but those were a rarity. And DC Comics has certainly talked about going after that audience. I can still remember during the launch of the new 52 the Supergirl team saying they wanted the female audience reading “The Hunger Games”. If anyone has seen what is going on with Supergirl these days you’ll know that goal failed.
Marvel has dived full-in with targeting the younger female audience with Ms. Marvel. That book featuring a teen age girl is accessible to all ages and is one of the best comics of the year.
But yesterday, on a day when DC also announced a eye raising new team for Wonder Woman they also announced a book that has its eye on the female audience - Gotham Academy.
And you know what? I think they’ve got it right.
This sounds like everything I could ever have hoped to exist.
Hey guys, my cousin is doing some research on heterosexual Chinese Americans or Taiwanese Americans and have gay or lesbian siblings for her PhD dissertation. If you meet any of these criteria, please consider donating some of your time in the name of science? You will get two free movie tickets as compensation! ;D
My cousin assures me that all participants will be given a list of questions before the interview so that the participants can opt out on answering them if they feel uncomfortable with it.
Even if you do not meet the requirements, please spread the word. Someone you may know may know someone who does. :)
My name is Jill Huang and I am a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University recruiting for a qualitative study on Chinese and Taiwanese American heterosexual siblings of lesbian and gay individuals. The study consists of a 60-90 minute interview in which I will ask participants to share their experiences about having a lesbian sister or gay brother. I am contacting you/your organization in hopes that you will consider forwarding this e-mail to individuals who may know of people who may be interested or fit the inclusion criteria for this study:
1. Identify as Chinese or Taiwanese American
2. Identify as heterosexual/straight
3. Have a biological lesbian sister or gay brother
4. Ages 20-29
5. Born in the United States to immigrant parents
Interested participants will be directed to complete a 5 to 10 minute demographic survey link
from which they will be screened for their eligibility for the study:
http://fordhambusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wr4xzlXSuKGusB. Note that even if you may meet the eligibility criterion, it does not guarantee that you will be chosen to be in the study. If selected, I will e-mail participants to set up an appointment for the phone or in-person interview. Upon completion of the interview, participants will receive 2 movie tickets for their time.
Thank you for your help.
Jill Huang, EdM., MA
PhD Candidate, Counseling Psychology
What You Don’t Know About Beauty and the Beast:
Some backstory: due to this little discussion, I was considering writing a continuation/expansion of Beauty and the Beast. I read up on it and found out everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.
-It was created by one, singular, female author in 1740: Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
-It is not a retelling of a pervasive folklore like Perrault’s Cinderella, for example. It was influenced by folklore but is an original story and is very “post” the fairy tales you might be familiar with. The story is also influenced by women who gathered together and told each other revisions of fairy tales in Parisian salons.
-It’s over 100 pages long
-Though written simply and in a straightforward manner, the characters have personalities and are much more complex in their emotions than a normal folkloric tale. They behave in a diverse and fairly realistic manner to their situations. The Beast’s mother in particular is a complex woman, protective of her son and a capable military leader but not progressive in her attitude towards marrying below your station.
-Women are overwhelmingly the masters of the plot and outnumber the men in number and priority.
Female players include:
A nice Fairy
A jerk Fairy (called Mother of the Seasons)
The Queen of the Fairies
A Fairy-who-is-a-Queen (these are different)
A Queen/the Beast’s mother
Belle’s shallow (though fairly realistically so) sisters who are treated as a collective
-It contains considerable world-building. Fairy language, Fairy law, Fairy influence over monarchies, Fairy hierarchy, Fairy magic are all things she depicts. (eat your heart out, Tolkien fans).
-The curse is broken halfway through the book. The rest is devoted to comments on class, monarchy, marrying for love vs. status, appropriate conditions for love, and marrying below your station among other things.
-The Beast is cursed to punish his mother.
-The book’s plot turns out to be entirely due to the machinations of The Mother of the Seasons and the long-game trap/revenge story orchestrated by the Nice Fairy to defeat The Mother of the Seasons Fairy.
-The book takes place in a specific time period rather than in a nebulous “before-time”, somewhere, as I figure, between 1669 to the early 1700s. It might even be contemporaneous to when it was published. It references the age piracy, revolutions, the merchant class, the presence of slavery, Belle watching comedies, operas, and plays the Fair of St. Germain, and a Janissary battle.
-The Beast’s Queen mother led troops into battle for several years, put down a revolt and defeated an encroaching enemy monarch.
And this is only a partial list.
If you’d like to read the original version by Madame de Villeneuve, it’s collected in a book by J. R. Blanche.
It’s available for free:
Archive.org (they don’t mention her name in the author list but it’s there)
I never understood why a good fairy would punish an 11 year old. This makes more sense! (also I am totally reading this)
loisfreakinglane for you!
I feel like this would be of great interest to anybody interested in faeries
This man knows how to ride a Segway
guess he’s just roman around
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Welcome back :) good to see you
Thank you! *hugs*
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HOW ARE THINGS
Things are pretty fantastic atm! I should probably make a post detailing my adventures. And also about boy, although that is less exciting because that sort of fizzled and died. (Sadface)
I also need to find my camera because I GOT MAIL and the people in my life are just too wonderful and I need to share it with you all.
wisiaden: Thank you, Darling~! I have missed you. <3
fweeble: Thank you, nii-san! *smishles*