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Creators Speak Out Against Sexism in the Comics Blogosphere

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LOLtron

Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:45 am

Creators Speak Out Against Sexism in the Comics Blogosphere

Creators are protesting against an alleged bias held by many comic commentators.



Source: ThanosCopter Newswire

For years, well meaning comic book blogs of all sizes (the Outhouse included) have taken to describing female comic creators, executives and bloggers by the phrase "lovely and talented". It's a sadly common catchphrase used almost exclusively to describe female industry professionals, and it's now come under fire due to its sexist implications. "I'm getting really tired of this," the lovely and talented Scott Snyder said. "I want to be called 'lovely and talented' too."

Men all over the industry are speaking out about the phrase, hoping to have their battered egos soothed by false platitudes and condescension. "If you're going to write 1000 words about how terrible my comic is, can you at least call me lovely and talented first?" asked Brian Bendis, a lovely and talented Marvel writer.  "Otherwise, I'm nothing but an ugly, untalented hack."  Bendis went on to say that only 0.05% of male creators have ever been described as 'lovely and talented'.

A petition is making its way around comic book circles asking blogs to change their lovely and talented policies. It's already gathered over 500 signatures. "I signed it," said the lovely and talented Matt Fraction, whose marital status to Kelly Sue DeConnick we'll randomly reference for no reason. "Just once, I'd like to be described as lovely and talented. It'd be nice to know that a bunch of lonely nerds find me attractive, too."

However, not everyone is convinced that a petition is the way to go. Some are calling for blogs to do away with 'lovely and talented' entirely, and are asking blogs to find other ways to describe creators. "I guess I'm lovely and talented," said redheaded Twitter user and champion polo player Gail Simone, who has size 7 shoes. "But I'm so many other things as well. Why does no one ever reference my champion polo career?"

"I agree," said Colleen Doran, who once saved a small New England village from a shark attack by blowing it up with dynamite. "Why can't we substitute the phrase 'lovely and talented' with random factoids that may or may not be a reference to a classic Steven Spielberg movie?"

No matter what the solution, most creators agree that the rampant sexism in the industry needs to stop. "Institutionalized discrimination in the industry needs to end," said Geoff Johns, who describes being called 'lovely and talented' by his mother as the highlight of his career.  "It's bad enough most of my favorite male characters have been either killed off or dismembered at least once, all for the sake of shock and gore. The least these bloggers could do is treat us like the special butterflies we actually are."



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outsider

Outhouse Drafter

Postby outsider » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:06 am

the thick and divisive Gail Simone
the lackluster yet popular Kelly Sue Deconnick
the awesome and awesome Nicola Scott
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David Bird

rubber spoon

Postby David Bird » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:42 am

I'm a special butterfly! I want to be described as lovely and talented too.
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Supersoldier Washout

FROGMAN

Postby Supersoldier Washout » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:57 am

I've been described as "lovely and talented"

but pillow talk really has no place in this discussion.
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Kat_Rocha

Whale Castrato

Postby Kat_Rocha » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:28 pm

To me, all of you men are lovely and talented. Everybody is in their own special way. You just need to figure out what makes you a specially little snowflake and scream about it at the top of your lungs.. till somebody else does it better. Then scream that you are being oppressed.

-Kat
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habitual

Silly French Man

Postby habitual » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:08 pm

Kat_Rocha wrote:To me, all of you men are lovely and talented. Everybody is in their own special way. You just need to figure out what makes you a specially little snowflake and scream about it at the top of your lungs.. till somebody else does it better. Then scream that you are being oppressed.

-Kat


Someone should PM this thread and this post to Punchy :lol:

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GHERU

Rain Partier

Postby GHERU » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:42 pm

I've said it before, and I'll say it again
I am a pretty pretty princes!
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Chicanery

expert hobo killer

Postby Chicanery » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:48 pm

Supersoldier Washout wrote:I've been described as "lovely and talented"

but pillow talk really has no place in this discussion.

Oh, you got one of those talking love pillows?
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john lewis hawk

Founder of The Outhouse

Postby john lewis hawk » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:20 pm

I really don't think we need to be respectful and take the high road, it'll be better to sexually harass the male comic book creators. Such as saying that I get a boner every time I see Mark Waid sucking a popsicle or that Stan Lee is a Ecbcilf (elderly comic book creator I'll like to fuck). And you don't want me to get started on babyface guys like Scott Snyder.

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