The Triumphant Return of Mockingbird’s Feminist T-Shirt

Roughly one year and five days ago, a group of socially maladjusted mouthbreathers drove writer Chelsea Cain off of Twitter because she put a cover they didn’t like on a comic they didn’t read. That comic was Mockingbird #8, the last issue of the critically acclaimed series.

Mockingbird #8

What set the misogynistic misanthropes off was the t-shirt that Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird wore on the cover of that last issue: “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda.” Hate mail poured in and Cain, wisely, decided Twitter was not worth the abuse and just left.

Then came the backlash to the backlash. #StandWithChelsea was a trending hashtag on Twitter. Women and allies rallied around the cover because, scientifically speaking, it’s freakin’ awesome.

But after issue #8, Mockingbird and her shirt disappeared … until last weeks’ Amazing Spider-Man #789.

After going bankrupt and getting evicted from his place, Peter ends up crashing on Mockingbird’s couch. After he wore the last of his clean clothes, he grabbed one of Bobbi’s shirts to wear while doing laundry. She commented that “it wasn’t a good look for him” — giving us one of the greatest bits of meta continuity in recent Marvel history.

Frankly, I think Pete wears it well.

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Grown Women Discuss Feminism With Hello Barbie

Toy manufacturer Mattel has released “Hello Barbie,” a Barbie doll that uses the latest in high-tech wizardry to carry on conversations with your child.

So what are Barbie’s thoughts when grown women ask her about feminism and the position of women in society today? She’s a bit uniformed, but she sure likes fashion!


h/t Buzzfeed

Feminist Little Girl Reminds Us All Why We Fell in Love with Leia

As the fan fervor for Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to ramp up, we’re starting to see that — unlike in the past — girls and women are being included in every level of the story, toys and marketing campaign.

Even Walmart, not normally known for subverting gender roles, has released a national television spot showing a father passing his love of all things Star Wars down to his daughter. But Walmart saved their best and most inclusive marketing for the web.

In a series of extensions of the television spot, Walmart shows multiple parents sharing their love of Star Wars with their kids.. But the real star of the series is the little girl that patiently explains why Princess Leia is a hero to generations of women.

Mom: Why doesn’t the princess just let the boys rescue her?

Girl:  Because she is a modern empowered woman, unfettered by the antiquated gender roles of a bygone era.

The Force is strong in this one.