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Happiest of birthdays to batyatoon!

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If he only had a brain.

This came up in the latest post from WFA.

Those awful, evil, manhating feminists have been claiming that women are injured more often than men comic books. (Actually, one commenter seems to claim that we not only don't care if white male heroes are injured, we *like* it. We're also hypocrits because we don't want women to be hurt but also don't want them to be out of danger.)

So this brave, swimming against the tide poster has taken the Women in Refrigerators list (this in itself is not a problem - no need to reinvent the wheel, after all) and for almost every woman on that list, he found several men who had similar injuries (or injuries he judged to be similar) and from that he deduced that more men are injured than women and so the feminists should have no complaints.

And, yes, he claims this is just a rough draft that's been sitting around his computer for years and he just now decided to get it off his computer by posting it (um. Yeah.), but there are several problems with this.

The question isn't have more women than men been injured in absolute numbers. Of course more men have been hurt, damaged, wounded, and killed in comics. There are more of them. The question is proportion. We need to know the absolute numbers of male characters and of female characters. We need to know the numbers of injured male characters and injured female characters. And we need to know the ratio of injury for both.

(We also need to define injury, of course, or the number will be 100% and none of this will mean anything.)

Until then, it's just a lovely straw man.

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It's good to proud of who you are - if you like frills and make-up and shoes, and you know when they're appropriate and when they're not (also a girly skill) and you have fun with the whole thing, that's who you are. It doesn't make you frivolous or silly - I like pamphlets with superheroes and balls of spun sheep hair and applying sharp knives to innocent foodstuff, and I wish I had the discipline to use the girl skills I do have on a regular basis. I'm seriously hoping that if I get easy to apply makeup, I might use it more often. Although, if I don't, I don't.

And I'm probably in the middle. I wear skirts as much by choice as by religious doctrine. I have a lot of fun tying my scarves. I carry purses - sometimes more than one. Part of the reason I don't wear cute shoes is that I have bad feet. I love it when my husband stops in his tracks and calls me gorgeous. I just don't want to work for it. :) I'm as much excited as flustered by this whole dressing up thing - this is why I love the Flatbush thing of dress suits. Because of that, I know I can dress for any occasion appropriately without any thought or worry - the wedding suit is going into that arsenal.

And for those of you who don't like this sort of thing, or whose brain works differently - yay! You're who you are, and better to be true to yourself than to paint your nails or wear shoes that don't feel right. And today, we have that choice in whatever way we do.

As for the plea:

I wrote a back-up story for the Reversathon. Yeah, I know. Betas?

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