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I have been thinking about Feminism lately and the reason I have been thinking about it is all my friends who are female have decided to talk about how feminist they are. Now I should probably not bother talking about it because I am smart enough to know I am not smart enough to really make a compelling argument for or against it and will probably catch some sort of flak from some body, a friend, my sister or my mother for even bother bringing it up.
First off I have no real problem with Feminism as an idea, I truthfully believe that women are equal to men in every way. Should receive the same pay and treatment that any man should and do whatever they want to with those weird shaped human bodies they have (why don't we have tails? monkeys get tails!). Now a lot of my ideas on subjects such as this tend to stem from my idea of "a perfect world". Where it is ok to say horrible sexist and racist jokes because their is no hate in the undertone of what you are saying. I am very much aware however we don't live in that world and that most people don't know me and my intent from the sexist old coot that lives down the road.
Now where I start to find issue with Feminism is when it crosses a line into sexism. I am not completely daft and know you can't think of sexism without comparing the sexes of male and female... right? I mean that is kind of the problem that people cant do that. They can't just say this is how it should be because she is a person and people should be treated a certain way. It is "Men are treated this way so Women should be treated this way." I know that these 2 things sound like almost the same concept, but the tiny difference where its not comparing the two feels important... doesn't it? Isn't that what people want to just be people?
I know I personally hate it when anybody asks me something like "Why are all men dicks" Why am I getting grouped into the dick category? and if they then add "well not you" why am I suddenly not a man? Then it bothers me further when I find out what you are really trying to ask me is "Why did someone make me sad?". They make you sad because you are emotionally vulnerable and they are forcing you to process negative information.
I can tell you easily why men appear to be dicks to women. because they/we can get away with it. We know it is not the most important thing to most women when they are looking for a partner. In fact a lot of the times the personality traits women find compelling... are the exact ones dicks have.
I also think the term feminist gets confused for more of an idea. I mean every girl I know... cannot be a feminist. In fact I read their daily whiney Facebook posts and know they are not a feminist. I think most claim to be a feminist... because why wouldn't you say that? It sounds much better then claiming to just be a regular person. Which since when was that so wrong?
Most people claiming to be feminists seem to only say things which hoist women up to a higher position then men... which is just stupid. Yeah I said it... its stupid and people who do that are stupid. I am not saying men or myself are smart and/or not stupid and even smart members of either sex can and do do stupid things.
this of course is not addressed to everybody I would say it is addressed to a majority however, and it is a the way I feel right now. Which means it is the way some people feel right now. Which means it should probably be processed in your brain on some degree.
If this offends you... good. You have every right to be offended. You are a person with the capacity to think for yourself and I in no way assume because this is how I feel right now that I am right or that I can't be proven wrong. Most people who read this have a direct method of contact to me and you are more then welcome to tell me I am wrong, or stupid, or don't understand because I am a man and haven't had to deal with specific things women have. All of that is true, I am coming from the perspective of someone who is just watching from the outside and just stating my observances.
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Fri 03 August
reMIND Vol 2: Kickstarter
About a year ago I became aware of a comic called reMIND by Jason Brubaker ( who also runs the site/podcast "Making Comics" where you can hear from comic writers/artists and find tips to making your own webcomic .) with . It was on the web posted at reMINDblog.com. I knew I enjoyed that concept and art of the comic but couldn't get myself to sit and read it on the website. Never the less I started following Jasons RSS Feed and his Twitter.
After following him a while he mentioned that some of the printed copies of his book were going to be on sale due to having small damages when they were shipped to him. I ordered a copy and as soon as it arrived I sat down and just read through the whole book.
I personally find books easier to read then text on computer screens or ipoddys but I think part of the reason it was easier for me to zoom through the book is I think Jason wrote/designed/illustrated the book to be a BOOK. So it flows the way a book should flow and not the way a computer should flow.
Then a little later on a little before I started releasing The Tales of Whimsy I wrote a few comic creators I knew of and respected to let them have a look at it before anybody else… AND HE WROTE BACK!
"Hey Neal. Thanks for the email and letting me see your new webcomic. I really like the site and how you are displaying the pages as if they are in a book.
I didn't read through it but I will book mark your site for when you start posting to remind myself to check it out every now and then. Good luck with everything! Talk soon."
Sure it isn't the BIGGEST thing in the world but you know he still spent a bit of his time on me and my little project that is something that shouldn't be taken for granted.
The first books story is about a girl named Sonja and her cat named Victuals who gets brain swapped with a underground dwelling Lizard-Man who's love was turned into a rat… it covers how all that happened.
It ended on a cliffhanger so I am happy the 2nd book is getting made. I would say "finally" but since I work on my comics and know it takes forever it is actually being released fairly speedily. (I was just extremely surprised speedily was a real word) I also know that a lot of effort is put into making these books something special from every page to the cloth spine.
The Kickstarter runs till Aug 22nd so please go and check it out… I really like getting the book at this point. I like knowing my $25 doesn't just buy me a copy of the book but also goes into the book being made.