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25 June 2007 @ 07:41 pm

 Well, isn't that just like a woman.

Earth goddess, X-men Leader, Morlock champion, rebel punk, and master thief......but we all know what really matters.

Fantastic Four  #547
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Paul Pelletier


"You can tell Michael Collins that my hair is completely natural."
"This is NOT  a weave!"

Please , let that character be a skrull. I call on the goddess of comics and the saint of fangirls- let that character be a skrull...
Brigidshadefell on July 2nd, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
In Character, Out of Character
For everyone complaining about Storm acting out of character, think about this for a minute.

For most of Storm's existence, she's been written by white males, right? She now has input from black females who live in the USA as black females and know first hand what black females go through.

Her reaction right now is apparently based directly on the experience and attitude of a black woman.

Is she acting out of character here, or is she finally acting in character? Does she now speak with more authenticity than before?

And just for the record, I'm a white chick with dark blonde hair and black eyebrows. I get a lot of strangers asking me if I dye my hair (when I do, it's very obvious because it's a color not found in nature) or darken my eyebrows. A woman once took my mother to task for putting mascara on me (I was 3) when I wasn't wearing any. When I had waist length hair, strangers would ask to touch it, or would just touch it without asking. Sometimes they'd give it a little tug. There is NOTHING like having your head suddenly jerked backwards because someone you've never met before has decided to pull your hair, just to check to see if it's firmly attached. CLASSY! People asked me if it was real, how long I'd been growing it, how often I got it cut, what my religion was, if I were Amish (because, y'know, Amish people normally wear jeans and Preacher t-shirts), lots of invasive questions. Basically, folks are assholes.

It's interesting to see people addressing Storm with petty, retarded questions about her physical appearance because every woman I know gets those same kind of petty, retarded questions... and men don't. It's also interesting to see how this is handled. I think it's a bit clumsy (it seems to be played for broad domestic humor), but it's a start.
Vinzenz Stemberg: Suguintou!erlkonigvinz on August 16th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Re: In Character, Out of Character
Hahahaha, they don't? THEY DON'T? Hahaha. Oh man, you must not know very many metalheads or punkers. Or ARMA members. It happens ALL THE FUCKING TIME with us. Almost exclusively the domain of older (40+) white women too. I swear if it weren't illegal, I would've genocided all the geriatric whiteys in the NE and midwest areas of the US. Well that and it would take an assload of time to do even if it were.

Ah well, I can content myself with the fact their social security is dwindling, and their medicaid is drying up. Eat my ass, boomers.
And as mentioned elsewhere in this thread by someone else, never had this happen in Europe anywhere. (then again guys with long hair are a lot more common and accepted there, while over here there's some sinister Puritan/corporate wackiness at work) Honestly I think because in their own lives it was so rare they've developed a nervous tic about it and can't resist. At least you can say something snide back. I have to put up with it because "it's unmanly to complain about something so petty." If I don't hide it under a big Texan hat they all come running (more like sidling/waddling) up cooing and awwing over it, wanting to play with it like I'm one of their fucking dollies.

Ya think Götz von Berlichingen put up with this? Saxo Grammaticus? Hermann von Salza? Jacques de Molay? Fuck no! But back then smacking the shit out of annoying/idiotic people wasn't illegal and wouldn't cost you your job. (or the ability to find a new one in my case) Now even basic discipline is illegal, and so you wind up with Bawbwa Walters and Rosie O'.
Brigidshadefell on August 16th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: In Character, Out of Character
Actually, most of my male friends have long hair and/or large/interesting facial hair, and they get very few comments about their hair in specific and their grooming/dressing in general.
Vinzenz Stemberg: Yuzuhaerlkonigvinz on August 17th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: In Character, Out of Character
That's pretty odd. I guess it's a regional thang. I used to get it a bunch in the burbs around Detroit and Bridgeport, Connecticut. Redneck & surfer area people don't do that though.