Samus is a badass, and she deserves to be depicted as such. There’s so much sexualised art of her in her Zero Suit, that I almost tend to forget that she’s a relentless, efficient hunter.
I especially love the first image, by the awesome CT. She’s muscular, she’s tall, she has a huge goddamned gun, and her expression tells me she doesn’t have time to deal with your shit.
SSB|Zero Suit Samus, by CT.
Samus Zero Suit by boringmu.
Samus by iwaisan.
Samus by thiago-almeida.
Samus - Badass Bounty Hunter by Tronix.
Solar energy that doesn’t block the view
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”
Right, so, I’m not usually one to watch Maddox’s videos, but I did happen to watch his video, Spider Woman’s Big Ass is a Big Deal! Beyond not being one to watch his videos, I am also not one to always agree with his opinions. However, I feel that he hit so many nails on the head that his local hardware store is probably frantically calling the warehouse for a resupply request.
I decided to recreate the offending image in question, using Samus Aran because why not. Click for the full-size render.
With that being said, I am generally not one to drag politics onto this blog. However, I feel that, with the words already in the air, I may as well throw in my own opinion on the matter.
I’m sure this won’t surprise a lot of you, especially if you’ve paid attention to my previous posts and attitudes about porn, sex, and women in general: I am very strongly a feminist.
To be precise, I am very much a pro-sex feminist (which probably isn’t a shock, seeing as if I were anti-porn, I probably wouldn’t be doing this.)
As Maddox states in the video,
Quit associating sexuality with negativity. There is nothing wrong with sex, being sexual, or even sexualizing objects. Just because a person is sexualized, doesn’t mean he or she loses worth as a human being - if you think they do, then you’re warped and you need to have a healthier view of sex. Quit demonizing what is arguably the most human aspect of humanity.
I honestly do not believe I could have worded it any more succinctly than that. Indeed, I view sexuality and media that propagates it - especially pornography - to be, in general, a celebration of female sexuality and an exemplification of the human condition.
I do not believe that porn is innately demeaning to women, no more than it is to men, and I believe that those who think otherwise only believe so because they want it to be so.
Personally, I believe that anti-porn attitudes are more oppressive than their twisted idea that “porn is a tool used to keep women in line” could ever be: not only does it try to push that sexuality and sexual urges are wrong for women to experience or indulge in, but it tries to force women into a specific pattern of behavior, dictating what they can and cannot do - the very thing that feminism is against!
If a woman wants to have sex with seven different men a week, who are we - men or women - to tell them otherwise? Likewise, if a man wants to have sex with different women a week, who are we to chastise them? It is their bodies, and they have every right to do whatever they want with them. And so long as their partners are in a right state of mind and are consenting, and everyone involved is comfortable with the situation, then what is the harm?
Telling women that sex is bad, or that they shouldn’t do porn, even if they want to, is a horribly destructive attitude. I feel that porn can be exceptionally liberating for women who choose to pursue it. Obviously there are exceptions, and like every industry (and more than many, due to its nature), there are a plethora of examples of toxicity and violence towards women in porn. But I don’t believe those should be considered the norm.
So that’s all I really want to say on the matter, because this is not a political blog, and I do not mean to make it one. I just wanted to make it perfectly clear that I am a pro-sex feminist, and if there are any of you who had been wondering about it, well here’s your answer.
As I said, I’m sure this isn’t a big surprise to a lot of you, seeing as I have never tried to hide the fact that consent and enjoyment are absolutely critical elements in my porn - both in what I create, and in what I enjoy. As long as everyone is happy and enjoying themselves, sex is possibly the most beautiful thing humans can ever achieve.
Thank you for putting up with my spiel. Sorry I don’t have anything more, but I warned you all that today was going to be a busy day for me. I learned earlier today that tomorrow will similarly be busy, so don’t expect much from me tomorrow, either.
That being said, I hope you enjoy, and always, feel free to drop a comment on anything you want to comment on.
The issue is not that people consider that sex is bad. I believe that we have, for the most part, gotten to the point where people understand that sex is an individual choice. People are allowed to dress how they want and choose their own path
The issue comes from “sexiness” being a vastly over-represented category for female characters, to the point that very little else exists. Thus, when characters who for the most part do not fall into that stereotype are suddenly altered or otherwise depicted in that traditional method, there is a feeling of betrayal amongst the fans.
We already have an innumerable amount of women in tight, racy outfits who pose for the invisible camera. We have so very very few who dress in gender neutral power armor and act like professionals, and even less of those are leads.