Afternoon Links – 10/7/2015.

Stephanie Meyer has released a gender-swaped version of Twilight for the 10th anniversary of its release. And the Internet is having a very predictable (and very hilarious) field day.

In a stunning (though mercifully not fatal) display of racism, a 12-year-old African-American boy was suspended for having a staring contest with a white girl at his school. This incident is yet another in a long line of attacks upon black men in supposed defense of white women. (More lethal examples include the case of Emmett Till and the more recent shooting sprees of Dylan Roof and Elliot Rodger.) Speaking as a white woman, I think it’s important to point out that I have never needed protection from black men. I have, on multiple occasions, however, needed protection from white men. School officials have, of course, stood by their decision, and the family is appealing. I hope they win.

Marvel comics has sent out mailers suggesting that they will run yet another Civil War crossover story next spring. I assume this is intended to tie-in with the release of Captain America: Civil War and provide new fans with something to read that dovetails with their viewing experience. It’s sound business policy, I suppose, but man am I ever not interested in another Civil War.

Dave Bautista thinks that his Drax would beat Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam in a fight, a statement that makes all former (and current?) WWE fans glad that Bautista and Johnson ended up on opposite sides of the Marvel/DC divide. Seriously, I would pay all of the dollars to see a Drax-vs-Black-Adam fight on Monday Night Raw. All of the dollars.

Is Suffragette the Stonewall of the women’s rights movement? Rebecca Carroll at The Guardian explores the film’s publicity campaign and how it engages in erasure of the most toxic sort.

If we are to understand the causes of mass shootings in the US, then we must understand the impact of our culture of toxic masculinity.

Crows recognize, and fear, death.


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