Snarky Kids, Feminists, and Conservatives

I made another mess today while organizing. My youngest happened to be hanging around when I came across a bunch of memorabilia from when we lived in Las Vegas--it was fun to walk down memory lane for a little while. It also reminded me how much I miss living in a big city. On the other hand, I had just been complaining to Amanda Corlies a few hours previous how much I hated commuting when I lived in Los Angeles. Sometimes it seems as if I am never satisfied.

As it is now I live in a beautiful area geographically speaking, but it is ultra conservative. When we moved here my children experienced culture shock of the reverse kind. They still to this day are amazed at how conservative people are around here. We happen to live in one of the most moral-majority-republican-christian-fanatical areas of the United States. Most days it's a non-issue as we avoid them as much as they avoid us. On other days it's oppressive. I once had a parent of another child tell me that my children were too worldly and that her family values forbid her from allowing our children to interact. Which was fine by me as I found her to be completely intrusive with her dogma.

And just as I was writing this one of my children came to my office to talk to me about a person who asked when my child decided to be gay. And as these are my children they tend to be rather snarky. So, the snark commences. Should be interesting to see what flies from my snarky kid's fingers on the keyboard.

In other news, Writer Beware Blogs! has posted a warning about Aspen Mountain Press. Read more about it here.

This is more for me than for anyone else, Alyssa Rosenberg over at Think Progress has written a thoughtful article about women and comics: Should Feminists Give Up on Comics? -- it's not just representation within comics but, the lack of representation of women comic artists, inkers, writers, editors, etc. as well that comes to mind for me. I was really hoping for some significant change with The New 52 from DC. But, again my hopes are dashed. That said, I think it's important for women to keep moving forward in comics and elsewhere. We've come a long way and have a long way to go. It's worth the effort.