People sometimes send me Asks wanting writing advice. I suck at it. I don’t really know how I do the writing, or how one should do the writing, or what one should do to get better at the writing. All I can ever think to say is “write a lot of stuff and you will get better at the…
Spider-Gwen - some fan art of the amazing character from Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi. Done on my Cintiq Companion on a very rare day of R&R , lakeside, listening to Deathfix.
On GotG, Gamora, Drax, and the word “whore.”
darrylayo and I were talking today about the moment in Guardians of the Galaxy when Drax calls Gamora a whore.
I had seen a couple of complaints about the major female lead being subjected to a misogynistic slur, and I think there’s an important note in that it’s happened in BOTH major MCU team movies at this point (we all have talked at length about the “mewling quim” line in The Avengers).
Anyway, I am not someone who is opposed to a man using a misogynistic slur in a movie if it makes sense for his character— and that doesn’t mean he must be a villain; I know lots of otherwise decent men who sometimes fuck up what should be a very simple question of respect. It’s sadly an everyday reality of being a woman.
But I did think it was inappropriate in this case. And my reasoning comes down to something that has nothing to do with feminism or gender politics in any way:
Drax is presented repeatedly as incapable of communicating beyond absolute literalism. Gamora is not literally a sex worker.
Therefore, Drax would not even conceive of calling her that.
It follows that the phrase is only in there, rather thoughtlessly, for impact.
Sloppy writing, folks.
The “point” of the joke is that Drax is repeating comments made earlier in the film by other prisoners in the Kiln. He does take them literally. The “joke” is because of his literalism, not in spite of it.
It’s still the most cringeworthy moment of the film. It’s so pointlessly gratuitous: the joke ends up being the shock/obscenity factor of the sexism, and at Gamora’s expense rather than Drax’s. It doesn’t make sense because it’s not set up clearly (and they would have had to do the joke entirely differently to make a successful commentary on sexist language anyway, which they could have done, which I am super disappointed about). Plus the commentary afterward (Drax’s turn toward she’s my friend, don’t call her a whore) expresses terrible values.
All the introvert/extrovert talk annoys me.
Extroverts are unfulfilled by solitude!
Introverts collapse at parties.
Extroverts die if at least twelve people do not love them by the time the last petal falls!
Introverts have traded their singing abilities to the sea witch.
If an extrovert does not have enough friends, they lie like a patient etherized upon a table!
In the gloom of the empty dusk the regenerated introvert croaks out, “Nevermore.”