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I'm now four posts in to a short series on the Luna Bros book Ultra. The first one was all on the covers, the second was about Ultra's date with a lovely gentleman, the third was on the aftermath of that date and this is the backlash to the backlash. I figure that after this one, I've got another post from Ultra left in me. I do recommend that you buy it one way or another.

As with the rest of the Ultra stuff, it's got a warning for slut-shaming.



And yes, that's a not-even-thinly-veiled Joan Rivers parody on the red carpet.
Jojo looks... unwell.

Captain Steel being Ultra's ex.

She got a haircut because her hair went on fire when she was fighting a man made of fire.
And what sort of dick throws a single shoe at somebody? I imagine that they're going to be hopping home. And surely security should be all over people throwing things. I imagine there will be quite a number of empty seats now.
And the smack in the chops to the guy being a dick. Good.
This is the most obvious case here where the people being dicks are portrayed unambigiously as dicks. There's a lot of other cases that aren't.

Is it just me, or is the message here that validation from other people is the most important thing for your self esteem?

Date: 2011-10-17 09:33 pm (UTC)
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No, I don't think that's the message at all. If you've ever been in a situation where it feels like everyone is against you, it's terrifying. And having someone actually stand up for you (especially if the reason people turned against you was an intentional act by a vengeful person, and the person is standing up for you for something you really did do) is an extremely validating experience.

If anything, I'd say the message here is about the importance of standing up for people when they need to hear a supportive voice.

Date: 2011-10-17 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] richardak
I would just add that like it or not, we are social beings by nature, and we care about others think of us, even when maybe we shouldn't. There are times when we should behave as if the opinion of others does not matter to us, but that doesn't mean we don't still feel it.

Date: 2011-10-18 01:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
I'm not sure how I feel about this comic, but I don't think this is about validation from other people. That's the message that I got from this. Not that their validation should be what she needs, but that the people in that crowd were being shallow, crass and hypocrites. The guy who stands up is the one who smacks the crowd back in sanity.

Date: 2011-10-18 12:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
I like your message.

Though in my head, the message was that people are stupid, and a crowd of people are something much much worse than stupid that I can't really find words for.

Mob mentality in this case means "Hey, they called her a slut! Let's join in the bashing!" and then "Hey, this guy kind of made us feel ashamed, let's turn the other cheek" five seconds later.

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