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Just one day left to fund No Le Digas a Nadie, a film about undocumented youth activist and child sexual abuse survivor Angy Rivera.

What’s the deal with Ken Cuccinell’s sodomy fixation?

Ugh, these dudes all need to take a Media Studies class.

Slate will no longer be referring to the Washington NFL team by their totally racist name.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    They say that there aren’t many superheroes of color. It’s true if you compare it to the number of white superheroes. That doesn’t mean comic books completely ignored social commentary. It was always my understanding (I could be wrong) that X-Men was based in part on Martin Luther King and Malcom X. The mutants were feared and so hated by society at large. There were two leaders of the community. Professor X was the character taking the Martin Luther King position and wanted mutants to live in peace with humans. Magneto was the Malcom X character who wanted mutants to live separately and resist society with force.

    Some could even argue that there is a feminist tilt to X-Men as professor X tried to teach his pupils to control their powers. Some could argue that it’s similar to people recognizing their privileges although in this scenario it would be the privileged people who are ostracized by society at large.

  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    I’d like to point out one more thing about images. When you look at the costumes of comic book characters, many male characters show skin also, bare arms, legs, chest, etc. These images are considered benign by many women’s activists because they are not serialized. Men are idolized for what their bodies can do and that is good.

    The problem with the utility argument is it assumes that the only self destructive forms are those that women have historically taken, eating disorders of whom boys now account for about 25% of cases. It doesn’t consider the negative affects of creating utility like taking performance enhancing drugs, low carb diets, and excessive working out. Some have used the term bigorexia for an obsessive desire to create muscle mass or body sculpt.

    There are a lot of boys wanting to get ripped because they like the look and they think that women like it too. So some non-sexualized images seem to have a sexualizing affect. I fear that this trend may start to affect girls as well.