Trigger warning: rape culture
The TV: After all that Felicia has achieved for herself in the last three seasons- as a professional and as a person- we felt that reducing her to nothing more than a victim of rape was totally unacceptable.
Steph (furious): Reduce? Nothing more than a-?
(She stands up) WAITRESS!
Waitress: Huh? What’s wrong?
Steph: Can you turn that idiotic plastic thing off? Or change the channel?
Waitress: Sorry, miss. The regulars watch Entertainment Jackal every day. Can’t do it.
Steph (slamming down her money, jerking her thumb): C’mon, Tim, let’s go somewhere else.
So can I talk about my love for this page? It’s a clear demonstration of rape culture and how it affects and triggers people. Steph is unabashedly, unashamedly furious to hear the media casually dehumanize rape victims, and she fucking makes a scene about it. She will not sit here and listen to this shit, she will call it out. It’s clear that this sort of subtle language hurts her and triggers her, and she won’t stand for it.
IDK, I guess this sort of thing is why Steph is important to me and distinctive from the bevy of blondes and I would never say she has a generic personality. She is deeply, deeply connected to abuse and she is well aware how much of it is due to her class, her gender, her background and she internalizes it deeply- but she also really fights against it, and her entire life story is refusing to let abuse or the culture she lives in dehumanize her. She calls out rape culture. She’s loud and she’s angry and she’s fighting for all the people beside her are buried under this shit, because she knows she’s not the only one and she’s determined to protect people so they don’t have to go through it because she knows exactly how it feels. She’ll never give in.
Stephanie Brown means a lot to me the end.
This page is a huge part of why her later treatment made me furious enough to start Girl-Wonder.org — how DARE dc comics take this voice and kill her via three months of extremely sexualised and horrifying torture? How fucking dare they?
okay but so we’re all aware that this is a dig at the writers of felicity specifically thought right
because i just
it makes me
OH YES I forgot to mention that
Yeah there’s actually a really good interview with Jon Lewis about this issue and he admits that this page was in response to the statements made by the writers of Felicity because they really pissed him off.
Like I said, trying to be true to this specific situation with these specific people, and not “make a statement” about an issue. However, there are a couple things I did put in there for purely rhetorical purposes. I felt I needed to point out the depressingly high percentage of women and girls who have experienced something like this, that it is unfortunately not a rare phenomenon.
Also, sometime early this year I read a bit in the entertainment section of the newspaper about how the season finale of that show “Felicity” had been scrapped, because it had Felicity being sexually assaulted. The producers asked for a totally new episode, and released a press statement saying, “we felt that after all this character has achieved for herself professionally and personally, to reduce her to nothing more than a victim of rape would be totally unacceptable.”
I found that sentiment so utterly disgusting, this idea that rape strips a woman of her personhood and negates all her achievements. It stuck in my craw. Months later, when I wrote Robin # 111, I just had to put it in. There’s a scene where Steph and Tim are in a diner, and there’s a TV on in the background showing the equivalent of Entertainment Tonight, and there’s a newsbit where that press release is read almost verbatim. Obviously, that’s something that is in the story only because as the author I wanted to ridicule and revile it. But otherwise I tried hard to just tell the story, be inside the characters
And the commentary just gets better.
Tim owns, operates, and utilizes multiple homes and safe houses across the globe. He runs them all on his own private budget, separate from the Wayne family or any others who might contribute. Typically, he keeps the safe houses, or parts of them, open to anyone with JLA clearance, but he keeps all the keys for the residences with himself at all times. Occasionally, he forgets which key is for his actual apartment, so he has to spend twenty minutes trying them all.
His actual apartment, by the way, is not located in Gotham City. Well, it’s where he is if the press is getting a little pushy and he requires the cover, but it’s not home to him. Home to Tim is the little bitty house he has in a suburb of Los Angeles, because it’s closer to the Teen Titans.
Nobody asks where he gets the money for all this, though. They don’t really want to know.
Because they’re all secretly afraid the answer is ‘Ra’s. Obviously.’
Tim is never sure if he finds this hilarious or insulting. He is perfectly capable of manipulating the stock market to his benefit on his own, thank you very much.
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I see Tim, Bruce, Cass, and Steph when I look at these. Is it just me?
Batgirls Welcome by Michael ‘Mic?’ Magtanong
from CBR’s The Line it is Drawn
I’m thinking of an AU where after Bruce died, Dick wasn’t available, and Tim ended up having to take care of Damian. I’m not sure where Dick would be - kidnapped, in space with the Titans, on his honeymoon - doesn’t matter, really. Tim would be balancing Wayne Ent., Damian, protecting Gotham, and his life(which would be the first to go).
I’m not sure if he’d become Batman, or if he’d call Cass and get her to take the cowl, or let Jason have it, or decide there would be no Batman because Bruce is gone. He might not let Damian become Robin until he’d proven he was worthy, or let him take the name as long as he lived up to Tim’s high expectations. I think Tim would push Damian hard, but he doesn’t see fighting as the important part of being Robin, so it would be about making Batman’s job easier, making Batman happy, being like Jason and Dick. And Tim would probably act enough like Talia that Damian would respond to him and try to live up to his impossible standards.
Whether Tim managed to do a good job, everything fell apart horribly, or Tim did okay but some of his parents more disturbing traits kept showing up would depend on the writer I guess.
I just keep imagining Tim teaching Damian how to act sympathetic to victims. Damian trying to earn Tim’s love by mimicking him perfectly. Tim promising that Damian can be Cass’s Robin after he learns how to compensate for her every weakness.
“It’s good that Cass doesn’t need you to make her laugh, you may never be good at that, but she will need you to be a better detective than Jason or Dick was…”
Damian would be trying to compare himself to Tim’s Robin, and Tim would be dismissive - “You have to be much better than me, I’ve never been a good Robin. Now these are the ways Jason helped Batman…”
I think the dynamic could be fascinating.
Interesting. I’m going to have to think about this one for a bit, because it seems fascinating.
Summary: Tim has lost everything. But his mother would’ve hated to see him so broken, so he trudges on anyway.
Word Count: 1, 238
Genre: ANGST, Hurt/Comfort (but vague)
Warnings: Meh, you guys know me by now, I think. Not much else I can say.
Starring Characters: Tim Drake, Janet Drake
Notes: This is for Lector, who asked for people to write stuff with Janet. If I killed her characterization, I’m deeply sorry. (This could technically be considered an interlude in the “Case Files: Red Robin” verse.
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
No, this is good. Especially the moment when Janet gets angry-that moment of wanting to hurt her son for letting himself get like that. Janet isn’t particularly soft, even when she’s being maternal.
⚡ It took Tim a long time to believe Dick, when he first started saying “Love you, little brother”. He thought it was a kind lie, to the boy in his colours, the boy who had followed him his whole life. The boy who was so obvious in his hero-worship. So he used to nod and smile and ignore the dull ache inside.
But one day (he forgets exactly when), he started to believe it. His smiles would be genuine and he would hug back just as hard, because he had the best big brother in the world.
He stopped believing it again after Dick replaced him.
⚡ The boys often debate over who should give Bruce bad news and why. (“You’ve known him longest”, “You’re his biological child!” etc) By unspoken agreement, Tim is always left out of this– sans the one time when Jason said something along the lines of “You tell him, Babybird. He feels guilty he doesn’t love you”. He meant it light-heartedly, because it was while everyone was actually getting on okay, but the look on Tim’s face, gone a second later, made him feel guilty for a month. Tim laughed it off, stuck around another hour or two and then excused himself and went back to his apartment. He didn’t go back to the manor proper for a few months after that, and managed to avoid Dick for nearly as long.
Ouch. Oh, well, that’s okay. I didn’t need my heart anyway.
“I wanted to know more about Cricket. Too bad he only appeared once in Red Robin.”
…Bad plotbunnies. BAD. Back off.
Pairing: Tim/Kon, Bruce/Clark, eventual Jason/Damian/Steph
Summary: The world of Batman suddenly becomes a musical drama based on ‘Bye Bye Birdie’. Crossdressing shenanigans! Robin romance! Family bonding! Bad-Robin trolling! Serious people getting drunk!
Notes: This is set in a universe where Bruce returned from time later than canon, and Jason and Steph have been essentially brought into the family proper.
I also blame Kitty for this in part, for encouraging this crack monstrosity.
“Damian was not in a good mood. As if being assigned yet another crossdressing mission wasn’t bad enough—damn Grayson for thinking this was funny!—but he had once again been forced to seek help from the only female he was on relatively good terms with who could actually help him do this convincingly.”
All the batsibs (except Cass, but I expect she’ll turn up eventually) working together and trolling the shit out of each other and everyone in their way. It’s amusing as hell.
“I think we should part ways.”
Serana is really one of the best followers. It’s a shame you can’t marry her.
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