(Reposted from the blog since I saw that before this)
I'll probably check out that C.S. Lewis book. ^^
That assumes, however, that evil's only goal is to impede good. Evil acts can still be done for supposedly good causes but still in effect be evil. And if evil ONLY leads to short-term benefit, what about the people who managed to get away with evil and were never punished for it? Now, from a Christian standpoint we can argue that ultimately they'll be "rewarded" with damnation and hell for their crimes, but even I as a Christian have to admit that if my religion is wrong and it turns out that there is no God or heaven or hell, those who get away with evil enjoyed the full benefits of it with plenty of long-term advantages.
While I'll certainly agree that evil isn't equal to good, I will continue to contend it as an opposite but with different end results. It's a choice that leads down one path different than its fellow. But then again I also have kind of bizarre standards for good and evil, especially when it comes to ideas that some acts, regardless of intent or situation, are evil, but are forgivable offenses because of the circumstances around them.
Also, since Darkbringer wields an energy (admittedly, it's magic, but...) which is not light nor is it merely an absence of light, he'd probably disagree on the idea that darkness is not anything. ^_~
As for Feminist issues, I probably would've still done the Slavers if only because, as mentioned in a blog entry a looooong time ago, since I lack the power to end human trafficking or human slavery, I strike at it the only way I can - through my stories. No, my problem with my decisions for the villain contest were that of which backstories I went with. Of the six individuals who were on Darkbringer's little strike force:
-Even division of men and women (though one could probably argue that Firedemon lacked gender)
-Of those three women, ALL of them were direct victims, in particular of violations to their body (Lady Analemma's body was experimented on, Legato Sin had her hands cut off and replaced with unfeeling robotic appendages, and Lacey was enslaved by General Werres)
-The only male victim on the group was Bruiser, who hadn't had violations to his own body, but had lost his children. A terrible, horrible tragedy to be sure, but it's a different tragedy to the ones suffered by the three women.
-All three women responded to the tragedy the same way - turning to crime (admittedly, Analemma was only interested in killing Werres, but she didn't seem particularly perturbed by the idea of killing Lightbringer to accomplish her goals). And while Legato Sin ultimately decided to turn on the others, she still had been a killer in her own time.
It's not necessarily a problem to portray women as victims sometimes, as long as it's balanced out with women kicking ass or men being victims, as well (though not necessarily within the same story, but in a series if the only people who ever suffer are women, there's probably something wrong there). In that regard, I tried to balance it out with Hannah stepping into her own as a superhero and the introduction of Carrie (she's so very) Danielle, the quick-talking attorney for Lightbringer (even though she only appeared briefly). As for your assertion that women refuse to take sensible precautions, plenty do, but that kind of thinking leads to victim-blaming. It is not a woman's fault if she walks through a park without some kind of weapon or protection on hand and is then assaulted. Some may believe so, but then again not every feminist is Andrea Dworkin. Feminism is not the Borg.
And they do not deny they're in danger from real threats, but then again there's this belief that people can't focus on multiple issues at once. It's like the age-old criticism at Girl-Wonder.org "Why do you care so much about criticizing sexism in comics when women are abused in Saudi Arabia?!" It's eye-rolling to think that we can't care about multiple issues or work towards multiple goals, but in particular combatting negative portrayals of women in the media. But the fact is that the majority of rapes and assaults are done by people the victim already knows. As such, the goals of most feminist groups, as I see it, tend to be about combatting what drives individuals to think that it's okay to assault loved ones for one reason or another.
Quote of the Moment: “Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” ~Criswell~