“Never again. No more obsession. No more craziness. No more Joker.
I finally see that slime for what he is.
A murderous, manipulative, irredeemable…
I think the thing I loved about the whole Harley and the Joker dynamic was that few writers ever tried concealing how fucking unhealthy their relationship was, or romanticizing it in anyway. When the reader/viewer sees their relationship as a third party, and how the Joker is constantly harming her and how she keeps returning, the reader/viewer wants them to split, for her sake. It’s an excellent portrayal of an abusive relationship and how the abused party can actually want to stay with their significant other despite the shit they go through, and it’s a great way for pop culture to help others recognize the characteristics of such a relationship.
I mean look at this. He pushes her out of a window, and she still feels attracted to him nevertheless. Think of how frustrating that is, that she’s still completely blind to how terrible he is. Imagine how different things would be if, rather than glorifying unhealthy romances, the media continued to show things like this and instilled the same kind of frustration in mass audiences. I imagine that complacency on such issues would drop quite a bit.
GOD BLESS YOU when people romanticize their relationship my soul dies a little
this retailer sells a halal nail polish. this allows for oxygen and water to go through the nail, which makes it acceptable to wear during prayer. spread the word.
“Being a relatively modern creation, nail polish remains obviously unaddressed by early Islamic sources. But the general consensus in the Islamic community is that praying with nail polish is impermissible because of the waterproof barrier it creates on nails, which prevents the wudu ritual from being completed five times a day.” (source)
This is so cool, and I LOVE the colors.
“I hate when people say that MJ was just Peter’s rebound girl after Gwen died. It’s an insult to both MJ and Peter Parker.”
Whenever a fan or creator argues that Peter just settled for Mary Jane and still loves Gwen more, even after settling down with MJ and (in the case of AUs like Universe X) having kids, I honestly wonder what that person gets out of Spider-Man as a narrative. To me, despite the trauma of his origin, Peter Parker is a fundamentally optimistic character — he gets knocked down, he gets up again. He screws up, again and again, but he keeps trying. He loses people, but he builds new relationships and learns to love again. I’m not part of the school of thought that says Peter should always be a miserable screw-up or he’s not relatable.
Peter loses his lover Gwen; MJ loses her best friend. They grow and heal together and eventually fall in love with each other: that’s life-affirming. Peter loses his lover Gwen; MJ loses her best friend. They glom on to each other in a co-dependent relationship and Peter never moves on, while MJ always lives with being second-best: that’s soul-crushing dysfunction.
Readers who interpret Peter/MJ the second way aren’t “bad fans” because they disagree with me, but that interpretation is such a reversal to how I understand Spider-Man as an entire piece that I can’t quite wrap my head around it.