I had heard a bunch of positivity surrounding What if it’s Us, so I just had to check it out.
I both love and hate trilogies. I love them because they give us a chance to explore a world that wouldn’t be fully fleshed out in one book. I dislike them because they’re only three books and it just feels like not nearly enough time within the world created. I just finished a trilogy called the Olympus Bound trilogy by Jordanna Max Brodsky. It blends the modern world with the mythos of Ancient Greece in such a wonderful way.
Fangirls it has been a minute since I’ve been to my birth state, but last weekend I went up to NYC to hang out and see each other. Admittedly, it wasn’t nearly enough time, but we had a blast while we were there. Also, I’ve been to NYC numerous times as a child and teenager, but never spent much time there as an adult (it’s expensive as heck, man). So I’ve seen a good amount of NYC during the day, but getting to walk around at night was wonderful. One of the things that there are an overwhelming number of options with, is food. So I thought I’d share some of the food we ate!
So far, I feel like episode 3 has covered the least amount of pages from the book. A lot happened, don’t get me wrong, but this episode didn’t feel as full as the past two have. We get a few new characters, two new vignettes, and a Shadow who begins to believe…maybe.
It’s February, time to get romantic! If your idea of romance is to go around killing people to impress the woman you think is pretty neat, then our next villain might just be the guy for you! Erik Destler is the name given to the horribly disfigured physically and emotionally version of the Phantom in the 1989 movie The Phantom of the Opera.
Since it was uploaded nearly two weeks ago, Fangirls, this video has been outrageously a buzz. It’s one of the most talked about pieces of female awareness that I’ve seen in a long time. I’m happy that it’s gotten so much recognition and that it’s started just a national conversation. I’m not happy, however, about a lot of the ridiculous negative responses that have come from the video, which have been getting just as much press as the video itself.
In this video, a young woman walks around all areas of New York City, wearing jeans and a t shirt. She experiences over 100 instances of verbal harassment and gets followed multiple times. She did nothing at all to provoke these men, as often most women do not. Some may think that this video is extreme, some also think it’s not real. Regardless if any of this was staged or not (though I assure you, it’s real) women have been talking about how unbelievably accurate this video is. This is a portrait of the lives of many women, just trying to get wherever they’re going. Take a look at the video, the ten hours is reduced down to just two minutes. It’s overwhelming to see all that was thrown at her, and know that this was only a small fraction of her day.
The video was done by a group called Hollaback!, who are dedicated to bringing awareness to and ending street harassment. A lot of people have responded really well to the company and the video, bringing up a much needed conversation about this kind of verbal harassment. However, there is also a lot of people who have also brought up a whole other side to the conversation, a much more negative one. You see, there is now this other video, one that has now gotten more views that the street harassment video itself. The video is from CNN and presents a conversation between the host, comedian Amanda Seales, and Steven Santagati, author of MANuel, a guide to how to “be a man”. What happens is an electrifying and frustrating argument between the two guest, and some absolutely outrageous things come out of this man’s mouth. He talks about how men cannot be blamed for looking at and appreciating a woman, and wanting to give them a “compliment”. He says that women should be happy that they get so much attention, and if they don’t like it or feel threatened, they should carry a gun.
This man makes my blood boil, and he represents a whole other side to this conversation, of people who just don’t get it. They think that these men are simply complimenting these women, they don’t see that these women are not asking for this, that they are being harassed, that it’s disrespectful and completely wrong. To them, this is all happy dandy and women are there for them to oodle with their eyes at all time. Back the fuck off, Santagati. You haven’t got a whole lot of people on your side.
However, it is important that this argument is happening. Street harassment is something that everyone sees, everyone endures, yet no one really talks about. It’s become a way of life, something that women (& men, too) have to go through, and something that has no remedy. But we all know that’s not true, there’s ways to cut this crap out, to teach people to back off, and give everyone some respect.
To learn more about this project and Hollaback! Visit their website right here.
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“The Reason New York City Never Sleeps? It’s Next Door Neighbors Are Monsters and Creeps!” That’s the full title of this book, Fangirls, and I had the pleasure of picking it up a few months ago at Small Press Expo from none other than Joe Infurnari himself. Being a huge fan of his series Bunker, I was a bit starstruck seeing him tabling there. However, I calmed a great deal after a delightful chat with him and a talk about this book. After hearing bits of its stories, I had to get it and read through the whole thing. Fantastic rhymes mixed with Infurnari’s brilliant illustration mixed with ridiculous stories about New York? I think my dreams just came true.