final-vent-card asked:
"Mrs. Simone, I've heard people say that part of the reason why women in the comic book industry have such a hard time is because "they haven't banded together" or "they haven't let themselves be heard" on the same level as, say, bronies have for all of their little documentaries--in spite of things like your famous "women in refrigerators" ditty. I don't buy into that, but given your experience on the matter, how do you feel about it?"

gailsimone:

I feel this: pbbbllllbbbbbt. 

"Banded together," what nonsense. No one says male writers have to ‘band together,’ to get their work looked at. 

When women HAD a fairly large organization (Friends Of Lulu) as a voice and support group, we had a far lower female readership than we have now. 

I am not against women banding together, we SHOULD band together. But this is another case of blaming a group that has been systematically pushed away for their own ostracization. Instead of blaming the people who were made unwelcome, why not look at the behavior of the self-appointed gatekeepers who persist to this day at every level of the industry from fan to CEO?

As for ‘letting ourselves be heard,” I have no idea what internet these people are connected to, but it doesn’t seem to be one I am familiar with. There are thousands of women blogging and writing about comics every day all over the world. There are blogs and social platforms being used by female creators of every stripe. Many, a huge number, of the best commentators, reviewers and site owners of comics-related sites are female. And despite the shit they get for it, many have kept at it doggedly for years. 

I “let myself be heard” all over the place and I get hate mail every day for it. We let ourselves be heard, and unlike most of the majority readership, we are virtually guaranteed an endless supply of contempt and trolling and insults for it. 

And we do it, anyway.

Also, I would say Women In Refigerators wasn’t really a ‘ditty,’ so much as an ‘opening salvo.’

But that’s just me.  

Anyway, it’s all moot, because we are winning this debate as our numbers grow in huge percentages. And it makes better comics, so ultimately, everyone wins regardless of gender. 

The whole idea, the whole notion of pop culture and especially pop music is ALL based on illusion. And portraying yourself as something more exciting than you are. And my heart is always against that. So that’s why I’m doing it. I’m SO against it that I almost have to play the part.[…] Electra Heart is the antithesis of everything that I stand for. And the point of introducing her and building a whole concept around her is that she stands for the corrupt side of American ideology, and basically that’s the corruption of yourself. My worst fear - that’s anyone’s worst fear - is losing myself and becoming a vacuous person. And that happens a lot when you’re very ambitious. (x)

Katherine Beckett, NYPD’s finest, is a terrible terrible funny actress


“I spent two years mourning you. So if we’re going to try this, I need to know you’re always coming back.”

“I spent two years mourning you. So if we’re going to try this, I need to know you’re always coming back.”

snowjon:

how do people even survive without tagging things

invidia-for-the-indifferent:

Favourite albums: Within Temptation - The Unforgiving

And I still wonder Why our heaven has died The skies are all falling I’m breathing but why? In silence I hold on To you and I

invidia-for-the-indifferent:

Favourite albums: Within Temptation - The Unforgiving

And I still wonder
Why our heaven has died
The skies are all falling
I’m breathing but why?
In silence I hold on
To you and I