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30 Aug 12:16

Meet Enrique & Carlos the Squirrel Monkeys

by Andrew Bleiman

10606485_783463211716572_8102452732487517742_nBorn in May only a week apart at the Taronga Zoo, Squirrel Monkeys Carlos and Enrique are starting to develop their own personalities and are becoming more independent every day. 

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According to keepers, Enrique has more confidence than Carlos.  This adventurous little Monkey spends more and more time away from his mother, Ayaca, and spends less time riding on the backs of other females in the troop.

Enrique can often be heard vocalizing to others when he is high up in the trees.  Carlos, on the other hand, still chooses to ride around on his mother Llosa's back or be carried by the other females.

Just recently, keepers have been seeing the two little Monkeys playing together.  Though they are starting to nibble on cucumbers, grapes, and leaves, both youngsters still nurse from their mothers, and will continue to do so for several more months.

Squirrel Monkeys are native to Central and South America, where they spend their days in the forest canopy in troops as large as 500 individuals. 

02 Sep 15:18

Sea Lion Shenanigans at Zoo Heidelberg

by Andrew Bleiman
Kevespada

"Honk!"
"Honk!"

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Zoo Heidelberg, in Germany, now has the pleasure of witnessing the daily antics of two new Southern Sea Lion pups!

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The girl, ‘Arielle’, and boy, ‘Carlos’ were born in July.  Arielle was born to mother, Maike, much to the relief of the keepers, who had previously witnessed two of Maike’s stillbirths.  Carlos is the third pup born to mother, Leah, and both Sea Lion babies were sired by Atos.

The Sea Lion pups spent their first few weeks of life on land.  After their first molt, the pups began to follow their mothers into the water and start swimming lessons. Arielle and Carlos enjoy daily ventures into the pool and practice their Sea Lion skills with diligence.  As they grow, it will become easier for them to remain under water for longer periods of time.

Southern Sea Lions are classified as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.  They are native to South America, along the Pacific coast of South America, from Peru to Tierra del Fuego, and along the Atlantic coast to southern Brazil.  Zoo Heidelberg works in cooperation with Yaqu-PACHA, (Society for the Protection of Aquatic Mammals in South America), in an effort to protect these wonderful creatures in their native habitat.

03 Sep 17:29

Bran Stark and Hodor won't appear in Game of Thrones season 5

by By

If you're wondering what was going on with Bran Stark and that weird tree-man at the end of Game of Thrones' fourth season, you have a long wait ahead of you. In a recent interview with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Kristian Nairn — the actor who plays Bran's loyal ally Hodor in the HBO drama — revealed that Bran and Hodor won't appear in the show's fifth season at all.

"We have a season off and we have a year's hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books," said Nairn. He adds that he plans to use the time off to travel around the world as...

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06 Sep 16:14

Taco Bell is Product Testing a Biscuit Taco

by C.A. Pinkham on kitchenette, shared by Isha Aran to Jezebel

Taco Bell is Product Testing a Biscuit Taco

Yes, that is a taco made out of a biscuit, and yes, that is something Taco Bell is selling at select locations right now.

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12 Sep 15:20

Grandparents Just Can’t Stop Tagging Grandmaster Flash in Their Facebook Statuses

by Nate Jones

Grandparents' charming habit of signing their names to their Facebook statuses has combined with Facebook's less-charming habit of tagging every bit of data in the universe to form a surprising new fanbase for Grandmaster Flash. As the tumblr Love, Grandpa and Grandmaster Flash attests, a surprising number of our nation's senior citizens are mistakenly including the hip-hop pioneer in their messages to loved ones, thanks to Facebook's auto-tagging suggestion algorithms.

Grandmaster Flash, who, at 56, is old enough to be a grandparent himself, sympathized with his new Facebook friends in a post on his own page:

Facebook is a weird place.

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Filed Under: grandmaster flash ,music ,facebook

12 Sep 17:19

Ronda Rousey on Ray Rice assault incident: It would have been much different if I were in that elevator

by Karim Zidan
Kevespada

if only ronda rousey and marky mark had been able to stop 9/11 together

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey added to her original comments regarding the Ray Rice domestic abuse incident by stating that things would have been “different” had she been in the elevator with him.

The Ray Rice domestic violence incident has garnered a fair amount of attention from many sports outside of Football, including Mixed Martial Arts. While Dana White has already commented on the "horrifying" video, Ronda Rousey took it upon herself to add to her original comments.

Rousey stated that every victim has the "right" to defend themselves no matter the situation, even in an elevator against a spouse almost twice their size.

"Every person has the right to be able to defend themselves," Rousey told TMZ Sports. "Everybody should try, regardless of the situation."

The women's bantamweight champion added that things would have been "different" had she been the one in the elevator at the time.

"It would have been different," she insisted. "Much, much different."

11 Sep 10:06

These exquisite portraits capture life's literal and metaphorical burdens

"How much can you carry?"

It might sound like an odd question, but the answer can be a source of pride.

In 2012, Paris-based photographer Floriane de Lassée traveled the world — from Bolivia and Brazil, Rwanda and Nepal, Indonesia to Japan — in search of a new project.

On these journeys, Lassée began to notice men, women, and children carrying stacks of goods on their heads as they walked the dirt roads of their rural towns. Inspired by these exquisitely balanced load bearers, she eventually posed that question to locals, turning the result into a photographic series...

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11 Sep 03:30

Behold the Glorified Craft Fair Disaster That Is Miley Cyrus' 'Art'

by Rebecca Rose

Behold the Glorified Craft Fair Disaster That Is Miley Cyrus' 'Art'

GOD HELP US ALL, Miley Cyrus wants to be an artist now.

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10 Sep 22:30

Gilmore Girls Is Coming to Netflix Instant!

by Nate Jones
Kevespada

lifesaver


If you're out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold, we've got good news for you: All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls will be available on Netflix starting October 1. Start bingeing then, and you'll make it to the Yale years by Halloween.

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Filed Under: gilmore girls ,televison ,netflix

10 Sep 16:26

Morning Linkage: The Water Main Break Crisis, Boyle Heights and "Gentefication"

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kevespada

SOON (i love the giant rubber ducky so much)

08 Sep 18:15

10 Weirdest Things Caught On Google Street View

by ent lawyer
04 Sep 13:45

New DWTS Cast: Betsey Johnson and the Dude from Mean Girls

by Kate Dries
Kevespada

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New DWTS Cast: Betsey Johnson and the Dude from Mean Girls

The new cast of Dancing with the Stars has been announced and it certainly is interesting, featuring fashion designer Betsey Johnson, Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Jonathan Bennett, everybody's love interest with the side-swept hair from Mean Girls.

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29 Aug 12:47

Jiff, the Fastest Dog on Two Paws, Just Set A Guinness World Record

by Blaire
Kevespada

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Jiff, the Fastest Dog on Two Paws, Just Set A Guinness World Record

Jiff, the Fastest Dog on Two Paws, Just Set A Guinness World Record

Jiff the Pomeranian first stole our hearts in the ‘Dark Horse’ video. Remember this little face? Well, this week, the hard-working fur-ball set two new Guinness World Records for dogs: He now holds the record for fastest 10m on hind legs and fastest 5m on front paws. Watch Jiff’s adorable Guinness video and get into his cuteness:

The post Jiff, the Fastest Dog on Two Paws, Just Set A Guinness World Record appeared first on HelloGiggles.

05 Sep 18:14

12 Bunnies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

by The Dodo

12 Bunnies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

12 Bunnies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

This post was written by Travis Greenwood on The Dodo.

The bunnies that hop amongst us are real. . .and really amazing.

1. This one, Donald Thump, who shares a sweeping resemblance with a certain New York City real-estate baron.

Source: Imgur

2. This one, that blocks out all light on Earth.

Source: The Pet Collective

3. This one, that’s fed up with your Big Bang Theory reruns.

Source: Bunny Shaming

4. This one, who should team up with the Cookie Tin Thief to form a super-duo of cookie burglars.

Source: Cute Overload

5. This one, that looks eggs-tremely cozy in its temporary shell-ter. (Cue the rim shot because.) 

Source: Teh Cute

6. This one, that’s a beer short of a six-pack. You might say he has a nose for hops.

Source: Bunya

7. And then this one, that actually has mad hops.

Source: Daily Mail

The post 12 Bunnies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist appeared first on HelloGiggles.

03 Sep 19:20

Will Smith Did a Segway Dance at Burning Man

by Lindsey Weber

Yes, the man was burned, and Burning Man 2014 has come to an end. Plenty of the masked revelers shared evidence of their attendance across social media, and a few happened to have faces you might recognize. Cassie, Chamillionaire, Michelle Rodriguez, model Candice Swanepoel ... and this familiar-looking dude doing a Segway dance:

Sure, you can't see this masked man's face, but take a look at a selfie Will Smith posted to his Facebook page earlier that week. Same mask, familiar-seeming body:

Nice sunglasses.

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Filed Under: burning man 2014 ,will smith ,cassie ,movies ,chamillionaire ,michelle rodriguez

29 Aug 05:20

People Played Parks and Rec’s Cones of Dunshire in Real Life

by Anna Silman

A couple of weeks ago, Mayfair Games made good on its promise to Vulture to bring a playable version of Cones of Dunshire, the fictional Parks and Recreation board game created by Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), to a real Indianapolis gaming conference called GenCon. Only 33 tickets were sold for the charity game — it sold out in six hours — which was played on an oversize carpet version of the board for maximum spectating.

It's unclear how exactly the two wizards, maverick, arbiter, two warriors, corporal, and ledgerman were all incorporated into real game-play, but it sounds like it sort of worked (you can see some photos of the game here). As Mayfair's Alex Yeager said in an interview: "We’ve tried to walk a line between something playable, and something still rooted in the crazed imagination of an unemployed geek."

Here's a video of "the architect," aka Adam Scott, introducing the game, complete with an Aziz Ansari cameo:

No word on whether Mayfair Games plans to ever roll out a playable version of the game in stores, or whether the cones are, you know, more of a metaphor.

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Filed Under: board games ,parks and recreation ,tv ,the cones of dunshire ,adam scott ,candy

28 Aug 17:30

Blind Items Revealed

by ent lawyer
June 29, 2014

This permanent A list entertainer(singer) was in the next room the first time her daughter had sex. She wanted to be there in case her daughter had any questions.

Madonna
22 Aug 18:00

Naomi Kizhner’s Parasitic Powered Jewelry

by Gregory Han

Naomi Kizhner’s Parasitic Powered Jewelry

In the dystopian future of The Matrix, humanity has been converted into a renewable crop by energy-starved sentient machines, with “farms” of human bodies harnessed and harvested for their metabolic output. It’s one of those disturbing sci-fi premises which can leave one suspicious of artificial intelligence, robotic vacuums, and the whole “internet of things” trend. But maybe Agent Smith and his robotic compatriots were onto something in regards to the human body as a renewable energy source.

Industrial design graduate student, Naomi Kizhner of Jerusalem’s Hadassah College envisions jewelry one day serving purposes beyond adornment, a three-piece collection connecting and converting the human body into one gigantic battery for biological data feedback.

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Energy Addicts’ entomological-styled accessories hints of early David Cronenberg at his best/worst, the jewelry’s macabre beauty furthered by how each piece is worn: sharp pincers and stings pierce skin, establishing an “interface” between body and each bio-electrically powered accessory. Creepy. Cool.

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Blinker is worn like an eyeglass bridge. Inside, a tiny microcell stores energy collected with each blink of the eye.

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Naomi Kizhners Parasitic Powered Jewelry in technology style fashion main Category

Blood Bridge: designed to tap directly into the action of ulnar artery – the body’s main blood vessel – the pulmonary flow of the heart spins an enclosed wheel to generate electricity.

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22 Aug 19:29

Mindblowing: Insane New Culver Parking Restriction Signs Are 15 Feet Tall

by Bianca Barragan
Kevespada

at this point you just park your car and then set it, and yourself, on fire


This is not a test at your optometrist's office—this is a real, honest-to-goodness sign that you might see if you are trying to park your car in Culver City. We've received a couple photos from tipsters incredulous at the sight of these insane-o parking sign poles, each of which is, by eyewitness accounts, about 15 feet tall. ("It took some effort to get it all in one shot.") One emailer explains that the city just changed some parking restrictions south of downtown and put up 10 of these signs last night around Linwood Howe Elementary, which helps explain "student valet service." We'd say to be on the lookout for more in Culver City, but there's no way anyone could miss these giants. Now to figure out what they mean ...

· See the Most Ridiculous Parking Restriction Sign Ever [Curbed LA]

21 Aug 16:20

Blind Items Revealed

by ent lawyer
March 22, 2014

What celebrity DJ is facing some possible backlash when he accidentally revealed to a magazine that he's a Scientologist? At least one of the major music fests are considering dropping him from the lineup.

Skrillex
23 Aug 17:18

McDonald's is Testing Mozzarella Sticks Now

by C.A. Pinkham on kitchenette, shared by Isha Aran to Jezebel

McDonald's is Testing Mozzarella Sticks Now

Well, this could go one of two diametrically-opposed ways.

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22 Aug 20:09

American hero goes out of his way to stop pay-it-forward campaign at local Starbucks

by By

Peter Schorsch, a blogger, found out that a Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Florida, was conducting a pay-it-forward campaign, in which customers pay for the drink of the next person in line. The streak was going on 11 hours. And that's when Schorsch decided he had to step in.

ABC's local affiliate reports that Schorsch drove to the Starbucks with the sole intent of breaking the chain. He ordered for himself, and when the barista asked if he wanted to pay for the next person's drink, he declined.

"This is turning into a social phenomenon and I had to put an end to it," Schorsch said. He claimed...

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20 Aug 20:23

There is a Fashion Show For Ducks. That is All.

by Jill Layton

There is a Fashion Show For Ducks. That is All.

There is a Fashion Show For Ducks. That is All.
20 Aug 15:00

Maskull Lasserre: Re-carving Sculpture

by David Behringer

Maskull Lasserre: Re-carving Sculpture

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Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. (re-)carved duck decooy

Summer is the “off season” for the New York art world. The galleries that remain open typically mount group shows, often with guest curators rather than the massive single artist features shown during the rest of the year. For New Yorkers who can’t escape to cooler and less humid skies (like me!), it’s a great time to check out tons of underrepresented artists.

My favorite on view now is Maskull Lasserre, a sculptor who RE-carves discarded sculptures. Three of his works are on view at Junior Projects in a group show titled “Regular JOhn” curated by Jim Lee, an artist I’ve enjoyed for years.

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Shaman Anatomy, 2014. (re-)carved South American shaman bust

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Shaman Anatomy (detail)

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Shaman Anatomy (detail)

Maskull Lasserre finds old wood sculptures on sidewalks or in thrift stores and, by removing just a tiny amount of material in precisely the right spots, reveals an internal bone and muscle structure WHICH NEVER ACTUALLY EXISTED! Michelangelo’s philosophy of freeing something trapped in the marble rather than creating it comes to mind, but realizing that idea on someone else’s sculpture takes this to a whole new level.

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Decoy Study (Duck), (detail)

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Decoy Study (Duck), (detail)

Lasserre’s skill as a carver is unmatched, but it’s his ability to look at the mundane and see complexity, to transform an anonymous object into an eerily real “living” thing, and to elevate something that no one wanted into something extremely precious… all by REMOVING pieces of it, is mind-blowing.

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Souvenir Skelton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure

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Souvenir Skelton (detail)

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Souvenir Skelton (detail)

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“Regular JOhn” installation at Junior Projects

Great art changes how you see the world forever. Today is garbage day in Queens, and on my walk to coffee this morning I saw a broken yard gnome on the sidewalk… and I paused. Thanks to Lasserre, I will never see a duck decoy or any other piece of “thrift shop” sculpture the same ever again. That’s amazing.

What: Maskull Lasserre’s “re-sculptures” in “Regular JOhn” curated by Jim Lee”
Where: Junior Projects, 139 Norfolk St, New York NY
When: July 17 – August 22, 2014

All images courtesy Junior Projects, NYC. Detail photographs by the author, David Behringer.








19 Aug 12:00

Glowy shelves from an alien tree

by Caroline Diezyn
Photos from Shinium

Photos from Shinium

Your cyberpunk-meets-rustic dreams are about to come true: Shinium took wood with cracks and knotholes and made them look other-worldly.

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They used resin to get that soothing blue alien glow. Head over to Shinium's blog for the full DIY tutorial!

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17 Aug 16:30

​Downton Abbey Cast Gracefully Recovers from Water Bottle Gaffe

by Isha Aran

​Downton Abbey Cast Gracefully Recovers from Water Bottle Gaffe

Last week, the internet world was torn asunder when a promo image from the upcoming season of Downton Abbey surfaced featuring a plastic water bottle in the background. But now, the cast has taken the silly blunder and turned it into a way to raise money for clean water around the world. Show 'em, Downton!

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05 Aug 15:16

Rock Hyrax Quad Born at Chester Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

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Chester Zoo, in Upton-by-Chester, Chester, UK, recently welcomed four baby Rock Hyraxes!  Born July 20, at the zoo's African Painted Dog Exhibit, the quad of babies were just a few ounces at birth, and they looked like miniature versions of their parents, with eyes and ears open.

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Despite their diminutive size, the Rock Hyrax has a remarkable genetic link to the elephant!  Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo, Tim Rowlands, said:  “Rock Hyraxes and elephants share several common features. They have similar toes, teeth and skull structures and Rock Hyraxes also have two large continually growing incisors, which correspond to an elephant’s tusks.  And whereas small mammals normally have a short pregnancy period, for the Rock Hyrax it lasts for around seven and a half months (245 days), another sign of their relation to their much larger ancestors.”

Rock Hyraxes are native to Africa, but they can also be found along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, as well as Israel, where they are protected by law.  As their name suggests, they live in rocky terrain, seeking shelter and protection in rugged outcrops or cliffs.  In the wild, they typically live in colonies of about 80 individuals, subdivided into smaller families.

The Rock Hyrax is a forager.  Feeding in groups, with one or more posted as a sentry, they prefer a diet of grasses, broad-leaf plants, and an occasional insect or grub.  They obtain most of their water from food sources.

Rock Hyrax feet are built for climbing.  The bottom of each foot is bare and has a moist, rubbery pad that provides a suction-cup effect to aid in clinging to rocks.

Although, currently not endangered, the sociable Rock Hyrax serves as an important ambassador for species preservation.  

08 Aug 16:52

Get McDonald's delivered to your door

In Australia.

I know, bummer, Duluth, Minnesota man.

But now, the lucky people in New South Wales don't even have to get dressed to answer the relentless call of the Big Mac craving. The McDonald's Australia program is called McDelivery and will expand into at least two more states later this month.

But those hungry Ozzies will have to order quite a few Big Macs, and maybe some French fries and McNuggets, too, to fulfill the minimum $25 AUD ($23.20 USD) charge. There's also that pesky $5 AUD delivery charge. Oh, and if they get a lunch-time Grand Angus hankering, they'll be out of luck. The...

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12 Aug 14:00

Julie Chen Explains Why She Underwent “Westernizing” Surgery

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Eyelid surgery is the third most common cosmetic procedure in the world.  Some are necessary for drooping eyelids that interfere with vision, others are undertaken in order to enable people to look younger, but many people choose these surgeries to make their eyes look more Western or whiter, a characteristic often conflated with attractiveness.

Recently Julie Chen — a TV personality and news anchor — revealed that she had undergone eyelid and other surgeries almost 20 years ago in order to comply with the standards of beauty and “relatability” demanded of her bosses.  She released these photos in tandem with the story:

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Chen said that she was torn about whether to get the surgeries.  Her entire family got involved in the conversation and they split, too, arguing about whether the surgeries represented a rejection of her Chinese ancestry.

Ultimately, though, Chen was under a lot of pressure from her bosses.  One told her “you will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.” He went on:

Let’s face it, Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? ‘On top of that, because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, sometimes I’ve noticed when you’re on camera and you’re interviewing someone, you look disinterested, you look bored.

Another man, a “big time agent,” told her: “I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.”

While cosmetic surgeries are often portrayed as vanity projects, Chen’s story reveals that they are also often about looking “right” in a competitive industry. Whether it’s erotic dancers getting breast implants, waitresses getting facelifts, or aspiring news anchors getting eyelid surgery, often economic pressures — mixed with racism and sexism — drive these decisions.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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11 Aug 19:30

Crosspost: Where’s Gamora?

by Kira Stewart-Watkins
The following is crossposted from the author's site with her permission.

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, my four-year-old daughter wanted a Gamora action figurine and my son wanted Star-Lord, so we went to the store. Star-Lord is everywhere, but there was not a single Gamora to be seen. Even on the Guardians of the Galaxy t-shirts, no Gamora. Hey, Marvel! She is one-fifth of the team, what the heck! Even my six-year-old son noticed and passed up a t-shirt because he wanted her on it too. I asked the store if they were out. They said they do not carry her and suggested a Rocket raccoon instead. Not. The. Same.

Other people say, “Well, just order her one online.” Okay, wait, so I get to say to my son, “Hey here is your Star-Lord action figurine, we will buy him,” and to my other child, “Oh wait, no Gamora, well, we can order her online and you will get her in 5 to 6 business days.”

Superman and Wonder Woman

Something is very wrong here. Marvel, 44% of the opening audience of Guardians of the Galaxy were women! I know! I have seen it three times. And this is not just a problem with Gamora. We had this problem with Black Widow. We encounter this problem with my daughter's DC favorite, Wonder Woman. (I found her Wonder Woman t-shirt in a thrift store. And my daughter made the crown and bracers herself because she loves Wonder Woman so much.) I understand the politics of it, but a four-year-old does not.

So Marvel, do you know what my daughter thought after not finding yet another superheroine she loves in stores? Do you know what she said to me with her sad, green eyes?

“Maybe superheroes aren’t for girls, Mom.”

That is a problem. And it matters, Marvel. (DC, you aren’t off the hook either; you cause the same worry in my little girl.) I am so disappointed in you.

Green Lantern 


I cosplay as my DC favorite, a Green Lantern. When my daughter sees me suit up, she gets so excited to have a superhero mom that she even brags to people, “My mom is actually a Green Lantern.” I remember when I first cosplayed as my self-titled “Lantern Jovian,” I was so incredibly nervous. Because I am fat. Because of the idea that comics are “for guys.” Because a lot of people see adults dressing up as silly. Because of a million little reasons that have wormed their way into my social programming over the years.

But I was SO empowered by my children’s reaction the first time I suited up: “Mom, you are the most bravest, most beautiful Green Lantern ever!” It is not too much to say that I couldn’t have done it without them. It is amazing how your children can inspire you to be a superhero for them.

Harley quinn  batgirl

Thank goodness for every woman we meet who cosplays as a superhero or villain! They help to teach my daughter (and my son!) that the fandom is not limited by gender and that female superheroes DO exist. They counteract the message that lack of mass-market availability means superheros are “just for boys."

Previously: Want a Princess Leia Action Figure? Sorry, Disney Doesn't Sell Them