[Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on Jill's tumblr, The Bird and the Bat. Trigger warning for language about sexual threats.] I have a theory on why a small segment of men who read comics send rape threats to women who write about comics. To put it simply, they think we’re destroying their masturbatory fantasies (literal or otherwise). You may laugh but it’s quite possibly the source of all the hatemongering. They’re under the impression comics are for men. Men only. And the characters therein, specifically the female characters, are there for them to ogle. The mere thought of that being taken away from them is frightening (even though, you know, porn and porn comics!). So frightening they will do anything to stop it. And they think silencing women with threats is the answer.
Elsewhere on the internetIn case you missed it over the weekend, something really great happened. Writer/director Kevin Smith asked his fans to "lose the f*$#ing misogyny." Unfortunately, something bad had to happen first.
So Here’s the Slut-Shaming, Homophobic Post on Superheroes by… the Director of Guardians of the Galaxy
Today in DepressingGenerally, I don't make a habit of making news posts about things that happened on the Internet more than a year ago. Unless, of course, it managed to slip everyone's attention and is just blowing up now. I also don't make a habit of writing news posts about random people on the internet being jerks. Unless, of course, they're not random people at all, but people with significant power over either legal matters or the media we consume. The case of "The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With," or rather, the content of the commentary on the post of that name by writer/director James Gunn last year. See, in between last February and now, Gunn was tapped as the director for the first new set of characters to be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 2, The Guardians of the Galaxy.