So I walk into my (only for now) day job this morning. There is no almond milk in the kitchen, which pisses me off because I was in the mood for a cappuccino. And when I walk outside to go buy one instead of make it myself, it has started to rain. Hard.
Nothing sucks more than NYC in the rain. Why? Because not only do I have to carry my purse, gym bag and whatever paperwork I'm working on (+ whatever library book I'm reading cause I don't have a kindle yet and I have a masochistic tendency to read 1000-page biographies), I also have to get my shoes and jeans wet as I walk from subway to work and back, AND carry an umbrella with the free hand I so don't have.
So I'm feeling glum and I just turn around and go back to my desk and settle for soy milk (ugh). I go to cracked.com cause I just need a laugh. And I read the funniest article about the most disturbing sexual encounters in comic book history:
Which cheers me up, but I just can't help noticing something horrific. And it's not that Robin sleeps with his sister (though that in itself is quite a gem). It's this Tarantula chick. And the fact that she rapes Robin's later alter ego, Nightwing? What the deuce?! But wait, there's more: she tries to force him to marry her! Now this is the first time I've ever seen a minority comic book hero, though there are quite a few, according to Wikipedia (my complete source of all knowledge in general).
My first reaction to reading this superhero blog was, "Hey cool, I think she's a black character." Then later down the line when I see she's having her way with Nightwing, I think, "Jesus, they had to go there? So friggin' typical that a minority character would pull some shit like this in the minds of the writers." But when I see that she's at City Hall trying to force Nightwing to marry her, and then I see that she speaks Spanish ("mi tesoro")--for fuck's sake, people!! Christ, Tarantula, please do us all a favor, first shed that red outfit that's a stereotype all on its own. And if Nightwing doesn't want you to have his baby, man up and move the fuck on! You're a superhero, woman, why don't you go act like one?!
Luckily, I had a cappuccino in hand. Otherwise, I might have been very upset indeed.