Fashion must-haves of 2014:
- billowing cape
- glowing aura
Anonymous asked: hey i was just curious, queer means something different than just being gay right? what does queer cis mean?
Hey, no problem :) The term “queer” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Its main role in the community is as a reclaimed slur, so if you aren’t LGBTQIAA+ / don’t identify with the term yourself, please don’t use it in general conversation or to refer to other people (UNLESS they specifically identify with it and say you can use it to refer to them, as with me). A lot of people who might identify as queer might, in the strictest sense, be gay, but might not like the term “gay” for whatever reason, as one example. For myself, I identify with “queer” because it’s a highly ambiguous term - as I’ve tried to convey here - and it doesn’t put any assumed constraints on my sexuality, which is appropriate for me because my preferences can change by the day. Also, this is a sillier reason, but it’s monosyllabic, which is more appealing to me.
As for your second question, while “queer” refers to my sexual orientation, “cis” (a suffix, usually used as “cisgender”) refers to my gender identity. That is, “cis” is when a person is identified in some way by doctors/parents/relatives upon birth and they continue to identify as such as they grow up. I was identified as a girl upon birth, and I continue to feel happy and comfortable identifying as a woman today. “Cis” is used in opposition to the suffix “trans,” (although gender identity IS more complex than just “cis” and “trans,” but I don’t have much authority to speak on that) wherein a person is identified by doctors/parents/relatives as a girl or boy upon birth (binaristic, I know, but that’s how it goes), and they go on to identify with a gender(s) OTHER THAN THAT as they grow up.
This simplifies things considerably, but I’ve tried my best here to explain it to you in a way that can be easily understood, so I hope that helps! Other followers, if I’ve fucked up or missed something in any way, PLEASE call me out.
While Johansson’s first Marvel appearance in Iron Man 2 may have relied somewhat upon sex appeal, this was quickly nixed in favor of characterizing her as the most cerebral Avenger. Her most important scenes in The Avengers relied upon her intelligence and skills as a spy, to the extent that she even managed to outwit Loki, the God of Lies. At the end of the movie, she’s the one who closes the portal that let all the aliens into New York. Then in Winter Soldier she’s given second billing to Captain America, a meaty role that showcases a wide-ranging skillset that stretches far beyond just “kicking ass.” At no point during any of these movies does she seduce anyone, by the way.
Sadly, there’s very little sign of this character in the most easily accessible reviews of both The Avengers and Winter Soldier. Judging by the Guardian, WSJ, or New Yorker, Black Widow is more like a blow-up doll with a black belt. By their logic, if she’s wearing a tight outfit, then she must be a sexy ass-kicker, meaning that she must be the token female character, and therefore is little more than eye candy.
With that thought process in mind, it must make perfect sense to relegate Black Widow to a single sniggering comment about her catsuit, because obviously Scarlett Johansson is just there for decoration. And if you’ve read in the New York Times that Black Widow is a token female character, then chances are you’ll have internalized that opinion before you even buy a ticket. The feedback loop of misogynist preconceptions continues on, and in the end, we all lose out."
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Every review of Black Widow in ‘Captain America’ is wrong (via fyeahmcublackwidow)