okay but can we just talk about how awesome Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra are, like C’MON

you have a cast made up entirely of POC [x]

such diverse and well-written portrayals of women

characters with disabilities that DON’T DEFINE THEM (see Toph - blind and bad-ass!)

Also, Korra (protagonist of The Legend of Korra) being unable to walk/suffering from PTSD 

Both shows tackle so many big issues - such as war, fighting against discrimination/prejudice, and growing up in harmful environments - but overall send a very positive message about friendship, forgiveness and choosing your own destiny/not letting the past hold you back. 

The protagonists are complex, but so are the villains - they aren’t evil for the sake of being evil, and some (such as Zuko and Kuvira) eventually realise the error of their ways 

Then there’s the fact that The Legend of Korra ended with the romantic exit of a bisexual couple - characters who’s sexuality had not once defined who they were

Seriously, all this… from a CHILDREN’S SHOW? I am so glad I had this series growing up, and so very sad to see it end.

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So I thought it’d share with you one of my “it’s fucking cold but I want to still look cute looks”. I think everyone should own a leather(this one isn’t real leather) jacket because it’s super versatile and goes with everything!

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So, About That ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot… Why Isn’t Sue Storm Black? 

Ugh. 

The teaser trailer was released this morning, and I am SO NOT HERE for this ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot. While the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch sounds progressive on paper, it is disheartening to see Kate Mara cast as his sister, Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. The backstory as to why the brother and sister are two different races has yet to be revealed (some have theorized an interracial marriage between Johnny and Sue’s parents and others have posited that one of them was possibly adopted), but it most certainly would have been easier to just cast the entire Storm family as Black- so why didn’t they do that?

As Chris Rock pointed out while doing his ‘Top Five’ promo tour a few months ago, although Hollywood is still sorely lacking in diversity, Black actors are definitely seen as somewhat viable in film. Black actresses, on the other hand, are practically invisible, and a moviegoer can go months without seeing a Black woman in a speaking or main role. As generally happens when racism and sexism intersect, we also often see a complete and utter disregard for Black women in the generally white, Male-driven superhero films: white women are typically utilized to fulfill the ‘sex/gender’ quota, meanwhile Black men are hired to fit the ‘race’ quota. There is no space for Black women (not named ‘Storm’).

Without even getting into the conversation of why there are still race and sex/gender quotas in Hollywood, it is distinctly telling that Kate Mara was cast to play Sue Storm and not a Black actress. It feels very deliberate, and gives the sense of taking one step forward, and two steps back. Instead of REALLY taking the plunge and casting a full Storm family of Black actors, they tokenize Michael B. Jordan and continue the idea that Black female superheroes don’t exist or somehow aren’t as viable as their male counterparts. And that fucking SUCKS. 

Thanks for watching. 

Links:

'The 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Casting: Progressive Or Not?'

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/the-fantastic-four-reboot-casting-progressive-or-not

'Chris Rock Pens Blistering Essay on Hollywood's Race Problem: “It's a White Industry”:'

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-five-filmmaker-chris-rock-753223#sthash.4DtOTBQY.dpuf

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FEMINISTING READS: AI-JEN POO’S THE AGE OF DIGNITY

Ai-jen Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance (NDWA), co-director of Caring Across Generations, and a lifelong activist for women of color and workers’ rights.

During her tenure, NDWA has achieved resounding, unlikely policy successes in state legislatures and at the federal level that finally end the exclusion of domestic workers from basic labor protections like overtime.

New York, California, Hawaii and several other states have enacted domestic workers’ protections, and the U.S. Department of Labor worked with NDWA to reform federal laws that exclude domestic workers. 

Leading feminist activists like Gloria Steinem have long remarked upon Poo’s gifts as an organizer, and her career — and the movement — gained further spotlight in 2014 when she was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. Her MacArthur bio includes this nugget: “Combining a deep understanding of the complex tangle of human relations around domestic work with keen strategic skills, Poo has created a vibrant, worker-led labor movement and spearheaded successful legislative campaigns at the national and international levels.”

Now, Poo’s book becomes yet another way to amplify the efforts of the domestic workers’ movement. The Age of Dignity (set to be released by The New Press on February 5) is primarily focused on the plight of aging Americans. Many families in the US are grappling with how they will care for a parent, grandparent, or other aging loved one, and by 2035 11.5 million Americans will be over the age of 85 — intensifying the need for affordable, professional, in-home care. This is an issue that resonates broadly with many Americans. The idea of strengthening in-home care services for grandmothers, grandfathers and other elders is one that is easy to get behind.

Tucked within this overarching focus are the less innocuous topics: feminism, how we value (or don’t value) women’s labor, and expanding labor protections for care workers. Often, these issues are not seen as integral to the wellness and economic stability of elders. But by weaving these concerns into the broader theme of care for the aging, Poo’s book accomplishes the larger objectives of the Caring Across Generations campaign: to expose and address the inter-tangled problems facing elders and women care workers.”

Read the full piece here