Oh gosh, don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Americans who have never even heard of this.
The Winter Soldier Investigation was a 1971 veteran-organized media event intended to draw attention to the war crimes that had taken place in Vietnam. Directly inspired by the exposure of the My Lai Massacre (the mass murder of over five hundred unarmed civilians by American troops) in 1969, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) brought together discharged servicemen from every branch of the military to discuss the atrocities they had seen and committed during their time in the war. They hoped bring these tragedies before the public eye, and to prove that American military policies led directly to the death and torment of civilians. Eventually a transcript from this conference made its way before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Fullbright Hearings.
When Ed Brubaker, the author who wrote the original Winter Soldier arc, chose the name, he wanted something that would call up both cold Siberian winters and the atrocities of war. This fit the bill.
But the term itself, the idea of “winter soldiers”, was coined by VVAW as a response to the writings of Thomas Paine, who described the men who deserted at Valley Forge during the American Revolution:
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
A winter soldier is someone who will warm their hands over a meager fire and weather the cold. Someone who refuses to abandon their country and its potential, no matter what the personal cost.
So how’s that for a weird little twist? According to Thomas Paine—activist, political philosopher, and revolutionary—the real winter soldier is Captain America.
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
BIG PHOTOSETS FOREVER FOR THEY ARE MUCH HARDER TO IGNORE / a lot of these don’t have hi-res versions available, but i still want to post them
This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.
Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall. The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.
queer politics aren’t all hrc t-shirts and shiny lobbying. So many people have already forgotten this extremely recent history.
never forget that AIDS actually was originally called “GRID” as in “Gay-Related Immune Deficiency” and it took straight ppl dying from blood transfusions for people to actually consider this a crisis worth fixing.
YES, there are people who find cultural appropriation and the use of slurs “ok” with them.
Does that mean it’s “ok” to do it to EVERYONE, even if they might be personally offended by it?
Also it is very important to realize that your irl friends saying this shit is ok may be out of a desire to not start drama and get into arguments. I fucking detest when straight people say faggot but I have a few straight friends who do and it is just not worth the shit to tell them to stop.
Seen above — perfect illustration of majority groups having an apoplectic fit when their social power (in this case, the ability to do whatever the fuck they want with zero accountability and consequences) is so much as breathed on by minority groups who have to put up with this bullshit on a daily basis.
NOOOO NO NO NONO FUCK FUCK FUCKIG CBS IS TELLING WOMEN NOT TO REPORT SEXUAL HARASSMENT BECAUSE IT WILL “DAMAGE THEIR CAREERS” and “HARASSMENT IS AN UNFORTUNATE PART OF CLIMBING THE LADDER” I AM SO ANGRY THEY ARE LITERALLY TURNING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INTO A NORM THIS IS NOT OKAY
This is an actual article and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real.
IF YOU ARE SEXUALLY HARRASSED YOU REPORT THAT SHIT
Ableism is Helen Keller being an outspoken political activist and lecturer, publishing 12 books, being the first deaf and blind person to ever earn a college degree, a member of the Socialist Party in America, and an activist for women’s rights and labor rights, but never being portrayed by deaf or blind individuals in the numerous movie portrayals of her life (nor her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan), and being the subject of countless jokes about her disabilities, and the subsequent sound of her voice due to her inability to hear.
Ableism is Christy Brown publishing 7 books that have been translated into over 20 languages, designing a fully adapted home for himself and his family, and teaching himself to write, draw, and paint entirely with his left leg, and people still making jokes ‘that are better read in his r****ded voice’, and having a movie about his life erasing the fact that he was abused and likely killed by his wife and caretaker.
Ableism is Howard Hughes setting and breaking numerous aviation records, winning an oscar, producing over 25 movies, establishing the now 4th largest medical institute in America, and surviving several near fatal plane crashes, but people being more upset by the fact the abled actor who played him didn’t win an oscar, rather than the jokes about him pissing in jars and uncontrollably repeating himself.
Ableism is Stevie Wonder being a child prodigy who was able to play piano, harmonica, drums, and bass at an early age, being signed to Motown at age 11, having over 30 number ten hit singles, receiving the Gershwin Prize, being appointed Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, winning 22 Grammy’s and a Lifetime Achievement Award, and selling 100 million records worldwide, and still being the subject of countless numbers of jokes about not being able to see.
Ableism is Stephen Hawking developing mathematical proof of black holes, redefining the Big Bang Theory, proving Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, surviving 50 years past the 2 year life expectancy doctors gave him, writing a record-breaking bestseller, being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and being made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, but still being made into a joke about incontinence and shitting himself, and the appearance of his face from his disability.
Ableism is abled/able-bodied people thinking the term “Person(s) with Disabilities” has humanized these people in the public mind by putting the person before disability.
Ableism is abled/able-bodied people thinking that “overcoming” a disability means success and living without accommodations, when these people often did both and are still disabled by an abusive, violent, and oppressive society.
Ableism is abled/able-bodied people still seeing your existence pathetic and laughable, no matter - by any standard - the astounding level of your achievements.
Ableism is being measured by your “contribution(s) to society” as a disabled person, and still being seen as subhuman either way, whether you’re considered exceptional or not.
This is important
white women of hollywood, reducing japan and japanese culture to cupcakes, sexy ”costumes” and submissive sex-kittens since god knows when
Queer subtext in media is nice and all, but have you considered:
- Including actual queer characters instead of vague metaphors for queer characters.
We’re putting together a panel for San Diego ComicCon 2014! Right now we’re envisioning a panel focused on women superheroes and aiming for an all-women panel! What we definitely want is a lot of intersectionality on the panel— particularly women of color and women who hold multiple intersectional identities! Women who write novels or comics or webcomics about superheroines! Women who study transmedia and the depiction of superheroes! Women who provide cultural commentary on comics and media representation!
This is where we’d love your help! What would your dream panel on this topic look like? Who should we invite and who would you like to see?
"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"
Masuko was called by name the last time she also dealt with the Cures.
Good thing she doesn’t think about what other five people are also familiar with her…