We are not going to be at each other’s throats, and I’m really thrilled about that. The last thing we need is women on TV hating each other.
—Candice Patton on when her character Iris West and Felicity Smoak meet during a Flash/Arrow crossover. Felicity is visiting Barry Allen in Central City in Episode 4. Most of The Wrap interview is about The Flash but I thought the quote was interesting. Candice also said there’s “nothing but kindness” when the two ladies get together. (X)
I love my First Lady
Can you please tell her to tell her husband to stop killing muslims? Thanks
literally all she does is try to make the country “healthy” by giving students shitty school lunches like please do something else and help your husband fix the economy! *goes awf*
Imma need y’all to learn how the United States Government works. You don’t have to like her or the president but learn that they do not makes the decisions, they really do not have very much power, the president does not have the power to just snap his fingers and make shit happen or change things. You have to have 2/3 vote from congress to take a shit, let alone do anything having to do with government. The entire government was set up to make sure that exact thing could never happen, that is why there are 3 branches and that little thing called checks and balances.
In fact let me just break this down for y’all right here.
- President has 2 OFFICIAL jobs, Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces, but he only controls a limited amount of the funding for those troops (enough for 90 to 120 days) to engage these troops in combat. He CANNOT just declare war. only congress can declare war. The second, Accountant over the Federal Budget.
- He also is responsible for creating and balancing the national budget, but everything has to be approved by congress with a 2/3 vote.
- He signs bills into law, can veto them as well, however congress can override his veto.
- He assigns judges to the Supreme court, with the senates approval.
- He assigns foreign ambassadors, with the senates approval.
- he creates his own cabinet for people to research into areas that he might not have the time to, these are the only people who do not have to get approval from senate
- congress is made up of 535 people (100 senators 435 HoR) for any of them to come to 1 agreement has only happened once in the history of this country, and that was to go into WWII, and even that the house voted 434 to one (1st woman house of Representative she was from Maine too, she voted against WW1 and 2) and the judicial branch can call anything unconstitutional and kill it as well.
and if you think i’m lying you can literally google this shit in 2 seconds.
That tea is delicious
SAY THAT SHIT AGAIN!
I would love for people to remember this when they want to start blaming the president. Any president, though not all of them have had good ideas.
lemme get in here a sec.
The President needs a 2/3 vote in Congress to get practically anything done, right? Well currently, the 133th US Congress is split with 53 Democratic senators and 45 Republican senators and 201 Democratic representatives and 234 Republican representatives. That makes a pretty even split between the two major political parties. Ever since President Obama was elected into office, the Republicans have voted down every piece of legislation he’s attempted to pass, in an effort to pin him as the worst president in American history, so that they can go back to their white-washed elitist lives and keep all their hoarded money from the people. The President has been doing everything he can to change things, but he cannot do that without the approval of Congress. Remember that week-long shutdown we had? Yeah, that was because the Republicans weren’t getting exactly their way with the budget, so they decided to shut down the whole goddamn government until they got their way. The United States Government relies on compromise and agreement between the two parties, and we’re seriously lacking right now in that department.
So if you want to blame someone for our country’s issues, blame the goddamn Republicans for acting like tantrum-throwing two year olds.
i’m waiting for someone to write epic meta on why the reason bucky is so popular with female fans is bc his storyline being about being stripped of agency and personal autonomy resonates particularly with female experiences
I think you… just did it?
Yeah, this must be why most of the fic on AO3 is written with really great Black Widow, who’s never sidelined, ignored, or turned into a series of Dad Jokes. Because her plotline is about the same things.
Or why there’s a tonne of fanworks and meta about Gamora.
I’m not discounting or dismissing female fans who find that Bucky’s narrative resonates with them. But I think there’s meta to be written about how this storyline of being stripped of agency and personal autonomy, a storyline that applies to at least two female characters in the MCU, was not considered narratively important until it happened to a white man.
Fandom is notorious for wanting storylines that resonate with female experiences but dismissing female characters, such that even when we have two women whose storylines match that they’re ignored in favor of the dude. And THEN fandom is notorious for writing long essays about how they like the male character because he represents their experience in ways they’ve never seen before, without ever acknowledging that women are having that same storyline in more explicitly gendered terms right there.
That’s fandom in a microcosm. And I’m pretty sure that’s the point theladymonsters was making.
All of the above is true, but I wouldn’t blame media consumers so much as media creators.
Bucky’s storyline and experience with losing agency and autonomy is played out in an extremely engaging way. The movies show his before, during, and (presumably and hopefully) will show his after.
Natasha’s loss of agency and autonomy isn’t explicitly shown in the movies like Bucky’s is. (I believe it’s played out in the comics but I don’t know for sure). We only get an ‘after’ of Natasha; the way that she’s trying to rebuild and recreate herself. Her story is aftermath, not process.
Gamora’s storyline was handled terribly. There’s a lot of much better meta than I could write about this, but suffice it to say that the main thing that I took from that movie was “dear god i wish the movie actually addressed Gamora and Nebula in any substantial way”. Gamora’s reaction to her loss of agency revolved around Quill, rather than herself, and therefore, I think, packed a lot less punch.
Point being, Bucky’s experience is the one fandom latches onto because it has the best source material. It elicits the most emotional response because it was explored more and better than the stories of the women. Because misogyny.
#basically i don’t like blaming female fans for their engagement with media
For myself, I’ve made my peace with the fact that I want to work out all my issues of female experience on the bodies of male characters because it gives me a little distance from it. When those bad things happen to female characters, it’s too real, too close. I don’t want stories about women suffering violence and dehumanization; I want stories about women who are strong and fierce. I want stories about women who are as safe as I hope I am (and know I’m probably not). When I want a story about suffering and helplessness you’re damn straight I want it to be about a man, because I don’t want it to be about me.