"Blue-skadoo, You can too! And then I throw him face first into the corpse cart"
SheZow - a genderbending superhero!
SheZow is an Australian-Canadian kids show about a twelve-year-old boy named Guy, a regular kid who likes skateboarding, video games, and doing dangerous stunts. But one day he finds a magical ring that, when activated, gives him amazing superpowers - and transforms him into a girl. Her superpowers include super speed, super strength, supersonic scream, and a utility belt of awesome AND girly gadgets. Plus, the way he transforms into SheZow is by saying “You go, girl!”
One thing I love about the show is that although both Guy’s sister and his best friend know his identity and help him, Guy is afraid to reveal to his dad that he’s SheZow. However, the fear doesn’t come from the idea that his dad would hate Guy being a girl superhero, but because his dad is a cop who thinks that SheZow is a trouble-making vigilante who takes away from his job. The show essentially takes away any element that would shame Guy for displaying girlyness, making the gender swap both the forefront of the show and a complete non-issue for the characters.
Conservative groups like Focus on the Family take issue with SheZow, saying that it’s teaching “gender confusion” to kids and “promoting transgenderism. What they’re really saying is that they take issue with the idea that femininity actually being empowering. They’re saying that kids can never stretch the boundaries of gender and that power HAS to be equated with masculinity. Sure, boys should be empowered - but God forbid that they grow up associating power with femininity!
In terms of the supposed links the show makes to transgenderism, the show is definitely not intended to allegorically about transgender kids, but would there be something wrong with the idea of a boy finding that being a girl or adopting feminine attributes can give strength and clarity? A sense of purpose? How could that be bad! Any show that not only displays femininity as something powerful but also doesn’t shame people for expressing femininity is something a lot of kids of any gender could benefit from!
Here’s a link to the intro, which gives some exposition and explanation, and also sets the tone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW3FBjKt7Co
SheZow will soon be coming to the US on The Hub channel, so if you can, check it out! Any show that pushes gender boundaries should get some support!
I am so freaking excited for this show
I don’t even care if it’s macaroni, ramen or those little bowls you stick in the microwave. Please, I need reassurance that most of the population on tumblr WOULDN’T STARVE TO DEATH if their parents couldn’t fix them food or they couldn’t go out to eat.
|—||Terry Pratchett (The Wee Free Men)|
So we may or may not have just posted SEVEN new open calls to our website. (Spoiler: we totally did.)
Quick rundown of what we’re looking for:
- lesbians (who isn’t, amirite?)
- sports romance
- rainbow folks having/building families
- shifters and weres (but not the same tired old tropes, mkay?)
- sweet romances (yup, we do mean no sex)
- *punk (cyber, steam, bio, etc.)
- All the non-LG shades of the rainbow: BTQIA stories, pls!
- ALSO LESBIANS
Submission deets are here: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/call-for-submissions
this is my publisher and they’re fantastic
Many deadlines for the open calls passed this Sunday, but several are still open!
No deadlines have passed yet—that’s March 1 of next year :)
^^^ Oh hey! Remember when I said that thing that was wrong?? That means you have a whole fucking year to get your shit together hell yeah IT’S TIME FOR LESBIANS.
everything was going fine till the shoggoth showed up
So I saw a “blind date with a book” giveaway a while ago (I’m really really sorry but I can’t find it again) and I thought it was the sweetest thing. Because I really appreciate you guys following me, and because I just hit my first tumblr milestone with 100 followers (YOU…
Do you ever just stop and think
Would my favourite character actually like me as a person?
No. Almost certainly not.
I now bond you two in holy macaroni
hardly-questionable, I thought of you.
"how are you doing?"
[makes several vague hand gestures and various noises rather than giving an actual answer]