Tag Archives: Feminism

New Blog Series in the Works

I had an idea this morning while drinking my coffee for a new blog post series regarding women’s issues (really, gender issues in general) that are controversial, but not ultimately political in nature. I am sure that these issues could be unpacked and unraveled to the point of becoming political, but I want to keep these posts somewhat light and not cause mass debates full of hatred of strangers and cyber bullying; I see enough of this stuff everywhere else on the internet.

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Therefore, I will not be touching subjects such as abortion. Here are some topics I am thinking about playing with:

  • *Shaving (legs, armpits, bikini lines, etc.) – I am currently working on this one!
  • Bras
  • Last Names (after marriage)
  • Makeup
  • Popular Song Lyrics

I am still brainstorming; the most obvious ideas are ones about appearance, but I want to dig a little deeper. Please share and suggestions that you would be interested in reading about and/or contributing your two cents about.

In Admiration of Batwoman and Her Creators

Since Jason had a lot of studying to do this Saturday, I spent much of the day re-reading issues of comics about my favorite character: Batwoman. J.H. Williams III is an incredible artist and I love what he does with this comic book. I first fell in love with the work he did in Batwoman: Elegy:

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Your eye snakes through the pictorial mazes and word bubbles, until you realize you have spent at least twice as much time soaking in each page as you would on most comic books. The only way I can describe it is visual poetry.

Not only is the artwork incredible, but the writing is wonderful too. Though things could get a little cheesy when she battles a ghost type figure (Batwoman #1 – 5) and such, Haden Blackman writes it in a way that allows me to look beyond the supernatural and suspend my disbelief. Batwoman’s battles as a vigilante are amazing, but the care put into her alter ego, Kate Kane’s, story is just as engaging if not more so. Kate was an Army soldier until she was discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it was found out that she was a lesbian. This character is a great LGBTQ role model and few of the LGBTQ characters in comic books. Her lesbianism is treated the same way any comic book characters love life would be treated and does not feel like a novelty.

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After being discharged, Kate decides to serve and protect the only way she believes she can, by becoming Batwoman. I won’t say much beyond this in case any of my amazing readers is interested in reading Elegy or any of the New 52 Batwoman comics.

Here is my version of Batwoman, I am no J.H. Williams III, but I think it turned out pretty good:

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If Only Catwoman Didn’t Always Have to Be A Sex-Kitten…

The New 52 version of Catwoman has gotten a lot of negative feedback on Talking Comics  and on several other forums as a highly over sexualized book that paints Selina Kyle as nothing more than T&A. The sales numbers for this book are ridiculously low and the writing does not even come close to making up for the pornographic art. In this Comics Alliance article by Laura Hudson, we see Starfire and Catwoman depicted as Playboy pin-ups while their male counterparts are depicted the way we expect superheros to be portrayed. Since there is already so much out there on the internet about Catwoman and her current state, I thought I would just offer my idea of what Catwoman could wear instead:

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It looks a little like Nightwing’s costume, but the purple is drawn from her earlier suits and I figured she needed some more practical boots than the ones she has had before:

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The basic shape of the suit is similar to Captain Marvel’s current costume which is highly practical for fighting crime (or being a cat burglar  it depends on how Selina is feeling that day):

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Wonder Woman in: The Infinite Wardrobe Crisis

The results of my boredom at home… Drawings of Wonder Woman picking out which costume to wear – the original costume created by William Moulton Marston or the New 52 version that looks like something she would wear in Sports Illustrated.

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Personally, I would go with the 1941 costume…

I can’t imagine wedgies during battle can be all that comfortable; at least with the 1940s dress she could put shorts under it. 🙂

Poetic Response to Lucille Clifton

Though I have studied poetry for about a decade now, one of the first poets I was introduced to in a high school creative writing course still remains one of the most powerful influences in my work: Lucille Clifton.

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Homage to My Hips

Lucille Clifton

these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top

Homage to my Hands
Mindy M. Wara Maciolek

These hands are inventor’s hands,

worn to a calloused middle finger where they hold the pen,

scissors, and sewing needle.

These hands are tender hands.

They have rocked a baby to sleep,

crafted a peanut butter sandwich, and pinned up quilted forts.

These hands are seductive hands,

teasing with backrubs and tangling themselves in a man’s hair.

These hands are working hands.

They have laid concrete, sod, and roofing tiles.

These hands are thieving hands,

pocketing earrings from Kohl’s without paying the price.

These hands have flipped the bird,

flipped the channel, and flipped my hair.

These hands are crooked hands,

scarred and chipped in all the right places.

These hands are indented by rings,

scratched by cats, and scented with sandalwood lotion.

These hands have plunged through ice

and come up breathing and bleeding.

Bic Pens for Women

There are tons of articles on this subject out there and the Amazon.com reviews are hilarious. I was going to write more on this topic, however, I found that the folks over at feminist avenger have already done a hilarious job dealing with these lady pens. Enjoy!

Female Experience Poetry

As a woman and a feminist, I tend to focus a lot of my writing on the female experience. Much of it is persona poems (like the Frida Kahlo poems I recently posted), but sometimes I write from personal experience. These are a few pieces I wrote for my final undergraduate project.

Calves

Mindy M. Wara

My calves fat and overflowing –
won’t squeeze into knee high boots.
These calves wish they could be encased,
hugged by fashionable leather.
They are hidden under wide-leg jeans and flowing skirts.
Boots won’t zip past the ankle.

What’s the point of shaving those that will be masked
and slimmed by dark tights?
I am cursed with my mother’s calves, solid
and thick as rocks.

Spider Veins

Mindy M. Wara

Violet webbing wraps itself around my calves, thighs, and breasts.
I can trace the branches away from my knee.
Slightly raised, they threaten weight and aging with varicose veins.

My mother’s insecurity over hers,
my grandmother’s and hers before that.

Spindly chutes and ladders tattooed under the surface of my skin –
my own personal tree rings –
a sign of living.

Carpe Diem

Mindy M. Wara

I quiver as eight needles prick my virginal skin.
The buzz vibrates my ears like hard ass humming birds.
The 22 year old piercer/poet with koi fish sleeves told me
it would feel like deep cat scratches.

My 18 year old pores open and welcome
the permanent ink into my ivory hip.
Jonathon, the Catholic tattoo artist with gauged ears
the size of 50 cent pieces and a bull ring through his septum,
brings his beard close to my pelvis to get a better look
at his freshest etch and tells me
to expect a scab.

My mother will think I am punishing her.
My father will be furious.