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I can’t stand how people keep complaining about a perfectly good show/movie/game that has really decent representation not standing up to their near-impossible-to-achieve benchmark of representation? Like no media will ever be perfect and have an accurate representation of every tiny thing you lot expect to be in a singular entity? That’s not how the world works. Even the most progressive media will be problematic (an example I saw tonight on Overwatch, the Native American-styled skin for Pharah. She’s Egyptian. Little on the nose there.), but if you tear into developers and producers and writers for not living up to every single one of your expectations, we won’t get this sort of media AT ALL. It’s that simple.

Imagine you make this awesome film with a strong, well-rounded female character who is played by an actor from the Middle East, with all of the strongest characters and support being played by women, people of colour, and/or both. It addresses racism, slavery (briefly), and PTSD. The lead doesn’t take any shit from the white men who think they’re running the show. The lead is in charge, and all the men in the vicinity follow her lead because they respect her. She saves the world with the power of love. The romantic interest is subverted to being a white male, who is polite, respectful, and doesn’t try to take over from the lead because he’s not a dick. The camerawork is fantastic, with no mention of the male gaze. It’s incredibly popular, and breaks records. It inspires an entire generation of kids, and shows girls that they can kick ass and take names while still being soft and feminine and caring.

Now imagine you get bitched at by a bunch of people who are pitting this incredible movie against one slated to come out the year after, that has a heap of POC/WOC in the trailer because it’s literally based in Africa, and hasn’t actually been released for criticism. How bloody exhausted would you feel after having faceless critics yell at you for not making a movie that is utterly flawless in its representation?

I’m using this whole Wonder Woman/Black Panther discourse as an example, but it can be applied to most media that is trying to do diversity as best as they can. If there’s a genuine problematic thing, contact the person in charge, and bring it up respectfully. If they dismiss it, then you get angry.

But if you’re complaining about, ugh I don’t know, not having an equal 50/50 of white/white-passing and POC in a cast, or having a white, straight male anywhere near the central plot, or not having a trans character in a show that ticks the box for everything else, you need to fucking chill. You can’t have everything you want. You never will. Creators are trying their fucking best to promote diversity in media, and it’s fucking admirable. Could it be better? Of course! But they can’t make a story that includes literally everybody. It’s impractical, you’ll find something to complain about anyway, and it’s highly unlikely to make it into the mass market because we know what media gatekeepers are like.

So stop fucking needlessly complaining, support diverse media, and campaign intelligently for what you want to see next.

Tl:dr- stop bashing diverse media because you didn’t see your left toenail in it

Echo: The best Native American Superhero ever!

Alright, I begun this personal escapade of researching Native American superheroes from Sarah Rainmaker, American Avenger, Dani Moonstar, Equinox, all of the Red Wolves, and many more. I was going to do a super post, but I decided that would be too daunting to read so I am going to introduce them in this format: one by one.

The reason that I took on this task because I am writing a Native American character who is core to my story and I begun this task to not fall in the same traps that other writers have fallen in when depicting Native Americans.

Then I found Maya fucking Lopez.

When Maya first appeared in Daredevil Vol. 2 #9, I initially read her as another Elektra clone. Her entire arc with Daredevil was that she was raised by Wilson Fisk after Fisk murdered her father. Fisk initially sent her to a school of learning disabilities because she is deaf. It was discovered that Maya had the ability to mimic all movement. She was essentially Taskmaster, but cuter. Fisk raised her on Martial Arts and what not, and she became a weapon for him towards his enemies. 

Now what I did not elaborate on was that Maya was also a Thespian and performer. She mastered all the arts and became this prodigy of theatre and ballet. The reason I did not initially care is because the debut arc of hers did not care to elaborate on it. She was just Matt Murdoch’s replacement for Elektra, Karen Page, whoever he is with at the time that created a foil for Matt. She was deaf and he was blind.

Okay, I am being unfair. Maya Lopez was only 9 years old when her father passed…was murdered by Fisk who was also her father’s business partner(she did not know it was Wilson Fisk that killed him). Fisk, out of respect to his former business partner, decided to take Maya and become her legal guardian. He sent Maya to a disabilities school because she was born deaf, and when it was found out that she was gifted in that she can mimic all physical movement, up to Martial Arts, Ballet, Fisk decides to personally train Maya in everything as well as send her to the best schools and shit. After trouble with Daredevil, Fisk decided to send Maya after Matt, presumably to exploit his weakness for women who were like him of a sort. He tells Maya that Daredevil killed her father. Maya meets Matthew Murdoch and they become enamored with each other, but Maya does not know that he is Daredevil and as soon as Daredevil comes across Maya dressed as Echo(she has a painted handprint on her face to remember when her father placed a bloody handprint on her when he died), he quickly realizes that Echo is Maya Lopez and he tries to talk her out of it, but she can’t hear him and she also does not care enough to read his lips. After some shenanigans, Daredevil eventually tells her by revealing his secret identity showing that there is no way that Daredevil could have killed her father because he was still in second grade. Echo runs away, stabs out Wilson Fisk’s eyes and disappears.

And then she made her return in Daredevil Vol 2 Issue 51. And it was wonderful.

David Mack decided to retell her origin sans Daredevil. She is no longer Matthew’s deaf assassin girlfriend. We are now presented with a character focus on Echo’s life, culture, and art. Before, her being an artist was just something that was highlighted and did nothing but offer a bit of background. David Mack retooled it in a way that her disability, her culture, and her life went created the character.

Echo does not just see with her vision. She hears with it. It is how she communicates. Movement become music to her. And that is so fucking cool. This translates to her as a performer and a story teller. In Daredevil 51-55, you see the world as she does and that is amazing.


Depicting Maya’s childhood, you see things as she saw them. You interpret her life like how she would interpret. How do you describe to someone the sound of a dog wagging it’s tail? What is a child to feel when the only person for her to ask calls her a ret**d because that child is special needs. Maya can’t hear and so she makes up for it in images. She draws and creates visual cues.

Maya’s struggle is that she can’t find closure in her life because there is a part of her missing that was taken away or she never had. And she does not know what it is yet. Even as a child, she asks questions because she is forced to understand the concept of sound without actually experiencing it.

She does not know the sound of her father’s words. She doesn’t know what his laugh sounds like. All she remembers is his face. And that was taken from her by a murderer who she thought was Daredevil.

And one of the things that was stolen from her was her culture. Through the tradition of her culture, she was able to reconcile images as a child. Learn sign language in her native language, and thus created the avenue of her being a story teller.

This is why we should have representation! This is why it is important to show culture, and not present white culture as the default. David Mack reconciled her culture, her disability, and her background and created a sublime piece of work while respecting her background. In the beginning of the story, Maya was lost and disjointed from her past and her roots. She endeavors to find herself because she felt her past was taken from her by Kingpin. Wilson Fisk never bothered to connect her to her roots. She was just another asset to use towards his enemies. And that is how she rediscovers herself: through her culture.

When Maya thinks of her culture specifically through her reflections, the panels are always enclosed with a Cheyenne bead styled embroidering. When she thinks of Fisk and how he raised her, the panels are utterly devoid of any Native American style or symbolism.

Maya discovers that she is a prodigy. She calls herself Echo because she is an reflection of anyone who has ever taught her or she has ever witnessed move. Movement is an language to Maya. She can record any complex physical action with just a glance and then she can perform them perfectly, hence why her words are not slurred when she speaks.

However, the revelation that Fisk was using her as a pawn for his benefit breaks her. She lost her father and now she has lost Matthew Murdoch. She immediately turns to the stories that the Shaman told her as a child. Why? Because it was before Fisk. Before her father’s death. 

She wants to be like Matt or the Indigenous legends that served a greater purpose than themselves.

As she returns back to the Rez, she starts recollecting her childhood.As that is happening, the Indigenous symbolism comes back, but it is not as refined as it was when she was a child. In fact, it looks like an infant drew some of the symbols. This is supposed to show her struggle in reclaiming her culture that was taken from her.

At the same time, the discontent that Maya felt is fading. As she comes closer to home, there is more clarity. She comes across the medicine man who told her stories of Cheyenne legends and myths and also taught her Indian Sign Language. He remembered her.

Maya’s journey was about rediscovering herself. She wanted to become a storyteller like this Shaman. There is a connection for once and she asks for guidance.

The Vision Quest is a rite of passage for some Native American cultures. The whole idea of this is based on the belief that we, as people, are put on this Earth for a specific purpose and the Vision Quest hopes to show the quest taker and the quest giver what that is. It is supposed to reveal their life’s purpose.

And that is exactly what Maya is missing in her life: purpose. 

The solution to Maya’s problem existed within her lost roots. And that is fucking beautiful.

I just love how everything connects to her culture. This is the level of appreciation that writers should have for a character’s background. Maya Lopez is the one Indigenous American character who is not only modern, but a fresh take on Indigenous characters, but she is by far one of the most interesting characters that I have seen period. So much love went into her being.

And here is the downer. Maya has been killed in a way that I honestly believed was beneath. Brian Michael Bendis reintroduced her in Moon Knight. Instead of being highly regarded Thespian who has written critically acclaimed plays, Maya was working undercover as a stripper. Instead of being a solemn and dour character, Maya was written in a way like she was a sass master…which is weird because in every appearance of the character, Maya Lopez was not cracking wise. Instead of treating the character with respect, Bendis felt need to make light of the character because she was no longer part of the main Avengers’ circle. When she called for help or information about Moon Knight, Carol Danvers forgot that Maya Lopez existed. To make it worse, even after she became a romantic interest for Moon Knight, she was killed in battle by some God level dude that Moon Knight had no business going after. Yes, Maya Lopez was fridged for a white dude.

Of course, someone said fuck that and resurrected her without explaining how…probably because no one cared about Moon Knight. 

anonymous asked:

Is it racist for a white person to wear a Native American style headdress even if it's for a photoshoot? Like, I'm not running around in it at a concert for fun, I'm wearing it for art because they have a beautiful culture, so isn't there a difference?

I guess the difference is you’re a lot more pretentious with your racism?

BOHO

Apparently, the new definition of “boho” is an excuse to appropriate whichever the fuck culture you feel like. Wikipedia even has an article about boho-chic, “a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences”. Um, NO!

What is a Bohemian?

A Bohemian is a resident of Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic or the former Kingdom of Bohemia. In a wider sense, it refers to residents of the Czech lands or today’s Czech Republic in general. In English, the word “Bohemian” was used to denote the Czech people as well as the Czech language before the word “Czech” became prevalent in the early 20th century.

What is a 19th century Bohemian?

In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. This use of the word bohemian first appeared in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities.

In 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray used the word bohemianism in his novel Vanity Fair. In 1862, the Westminster Review described a Bohemian as “simply an artist or littérateur who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art”. During the 1860s the term was associated in particular with the pre-Raphaelite movement.

This is the kind of shit I’m talking about right here:

Kimonos are a traditional Japanese garment. They have nothing to do with the Bohemian movement.

Native American war bonnets are sacred religious items. Here is a great post explaining why you’re a shithead appropriating the culture of an oppressed people when you wear one.

The word beginning with a G on the shirt above is a racial slur against the Romani people. This is the equivalent of making a shirt that says the N word with some pretty flowers around it. During the Porajmos, 220,000 to 500,000 native Romani were exterminated by German Nazis. You might as well wear a shirt that says “I HEART GENOCIDE”.

In summary…

If you are appropriating cultural styles (Native American, Romani, etc) which have 0 relation to Bohemia or 19th century literary movements, you are NOT A BOHEMIAN. PLEASE STOP CALLING YOURSELF ONE AND REFERRING TO YOUR STYLE AS “BOHO”.

Note: Most of the text above was sourced from Wikipedia. Thanks to @dysfunctional-nick for the Romani info.

Well that’s it, my guitar is FINALLY finished and operational once again!

On closer inspection there are several things wrong with it, but I kinda like it that way. This was my first go at painting a guitar and I wanted it to look that way. I’ve tried to be a perfectionist all my life and with this I just said “f*** it!” and I’m happy with the result!

The guitar is a ‘cheap rip-off brand’ of a Fender Strat, meaning it doesn’t sound great to begin with, so I thought what is the point in doing a perfect painting on it?

I like it.

Sweet Elite OC: Meskhenet “Nettie” Silva

Ta da~! My adorable and freckled Sweet Elite Scholar, Nettie.


Nettie is part of the Department of Fashion, specializing in fashion design. Reason being is she would like to create more modernized clothes inspired by Native American and Indian styles. While her father would rather have her go into a more “professional” department, her mother supports her completely and both parents just want her to do what she loves. Nettie is very serious about her creations and work and strives to make a name for herself and what motivates her. 

Nettie has a modest and humble personality. And while she can be caring and compassionate to those around her, she can also be very cunning and mischievous to her peers alike and is rather quick-witted and sharp-tongued. While she can be a bit shy to strangers or those she’s just met, she quickly warms up to you if you return the kindness back to her. She’s more than open to making friends so don’t hesitate to befriend her or simply say hi~

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I was on Comixology last night, looking for a new comic series to get into, but nothing really interested me. I started to think about what I was looking for in a Super Hero comic, and then it hit me: If I can’t find what I’m looking for, why not make it myself?

Here we have Mira Mars, (real name Namid Armstrong), a Native American superheroine who styles herself after old space stories, with a full-body space suit that protects her from all sorts of physical harm and radiation and the like, along with a Jetpack that allows her to zip around the sky with ease. She wields a laser gun, as well as a plasma whip.

Ok Danny Phantom AU I’ve been thinking about

So probably no one’s going to see this but……This is inspired in part by lucifer-is-a-bag-of-dick’’s mutant town au.

Like in that au, the kids of Amity Park basically get superpowers from the Fenton’s portal opening, and the GIW notice. Difference is, maybe a good majority get animalistic traits. Maybe some have gills, maybe some have wings, good few are centaurs, other mythological creatures, so it’s really more of a mythology AU. Also, in this AU, maybe the GIW try to train them into supersoldiers, or study them for human/animal DNA modification, but the GIW are basically just trying to capture the Casper High teens. And so they run off. Maybe live in a forest why not.

So you’ve got a bunch of superpowered teens basically creating their own modern native american-style tribe in the forest because it works and they can stay hidden from the GIW. They’ve mastered hunting, making fires, covering their tracks, sneaking around the forests unseen, communicating to each other with animal calls, they have their own little government, (Danny’s in charge because he seems to be a natural born leader and maybe Dash is 2nd because King of Casper High), and heck have they organized themselves into an small yet deadly efficient army of teens fighting for their lives. Like, they run around taking down GIW research facilities, and they’ve embraced black skin paint and bird calls and by the time the GIW have found their camp and mobilized to capture them, some kids have already flown and climbed through the canopies to cut them off from the back and the GIW forces don’t know what happened until wait-that’s-a-strange-sounding-bird-and-oh-crap-there’s-a kid-shapeshifted-in-to-a-bull-barreling-towards-me.

Now I mentioned it’s the Casper High kids, and that’s because teenagers in
Casper would have the most contact with Danny, Tucker, and Sam who would have the most radiation contamination, and also because they’re in the time of their lives where their bodies are developing and changing. So, all of the teens at Casper High are in their tribe. But imagine their parents, at home in Amity Park, pretending to have forgotten their mutated children being hunted, watching little kids and seeing if any of them display powers and telling them legends of kids in the forest who protect kids who are weird under the guise of the old moral “It’s ok to be quirky and like stuff some people say you shouldn’t” and the kids think it’s a stupid sappy moral.

Until the Fenton’s neighbor’s kid discovers she can move stuff with her mind and the adults urge her to ventures into the woods to see if the rumors about the mutant tribe are true…