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Why the World Needs Harley Quinn

The daycare ministry I work at had an actual fundraiser so that they could buy us hideous smocks. They do help me stand out as an employee, but they feel stylish as a Walmart uniform.

“Who’s that?” a 7-year-old girl asked me, pointing at my chest, and I realized she could see some of my T-shirt, which featured an Alex Ross painting of the Joker. She could see his green head peeking out from behind my smock.

I explained who the Joker was. “He fights Batman.” As the afternoon stretched on, it got hot, so I took off the smock. Now everyone could see Joker’s henchgirl, Harley Quinn, fawning as she leaned against Joker. I’ve seen people criticize this depiction as glorifying their abusive relationship, but I think it’s fittingly sinister: While Harley gazes lovingly at the villain, Joker grins straight at the viewer, tightly gripping Harley’s wrist. She is affectionate. He is not.

The same 7-year-old was intrigued by this. “Is she his girlfriend?”

“Well…” I can never resist answering a kid honestly. “Kind of. She likes him a lot, and she thinks he’s her boyfriend, but he isn’t very nice to her. He hurts her.”

Without missing a beat, the girl nodded grimly and said her stepfather’s name.

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Ladies! Now You Can Wear One of the Most Misogynistic Batman Stories As a Jacket!

The Killing Joke is one of the most acclaimed Batman stories of all time. And one of the most controversial given that a key plot point of the story has a woman being shot, stripped naked, photographed and … perhaps worse.

The writer Alan Moore doesn’t think much of it. Many people, including myself, call it “torture porn.” The book is a touch point in the discuss of women in comics that was ignited by the writer’s Women in Refrigerators. The revelation of even more explicit artwork just a year ago reignited the robust debate regarding the book and its treatment of women.

Yet, the book is still very popular most recently perhaps because of it being name checked by Heath Ledger as a source for his performance in The Dark Knight.

So there are people who love it and people who hate it and people who are willing to justify the violence because, um, it isn’t about her being a woman it is just the Joker being Joker or something like that.

But it doesn’t change that the fact that a key part of the comic turns on a woman being shot, stripped naked and photographed … and potentially worse.

So it seems kinda weird that a clothing company that markets to women and makes the bulk of its money from women is selling a jacket that features The Killing Joke.

KILLING JOKE BF BOMBER - LIMITED

$115.00 USD

Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.

One of the most iconic Batman comics ever. The Killing Joke played a huge role in revamping The Dark Knight’s darker, edgier image, changed the lives of some of our favourite characters forever. This right here is Batman history at its finest.

I guess it isn’t that bad. One commentator on Twitter pointed out that none of the panels featuring a woman being shot, stripped naked, and photographed  …. and possibly worse are on the jacket. Good point!

But whatever, the jacket is already sold out in many sizes.

Apparently some folks are cool with wearing a jacket that highlights a story where a woman is shot, stripped naked and photographed. I’m not but I’m not everyone.

My reaction to this was more driven that this is being created and sold by a store that markets to women. Perhaps the thought that this was an issue never occurred to them?

I’m not a fan or shopper of Black Milk - overpriced licensed comic stuff isn’t my thing so this doesn’t change anything for me.

Carry on.

Perhaps we’ll get a jacket for Identity Crisis next or Green Lantern #54!