Weekend Reading List: Summer camp comics and Chicks in Science


  • On her blog, s. e. smith discusses how writing, aghast, about the existence of internet misogyny doesn’t go far enough.
  • Much is written about convention harassment, but we don’t talk nearly enough about the ableism often present at these events. “My cane is not a costume” is a great place to start. [Speculating Canada]
  • A Microsoft employee was caught taking upskirt photos of women around the company’s campus, and has since been charged with voyeurism. [Ars Technica]
  • A guest post over on the Border House explores the toxic environment women have to deal with in EVE Online.
  • Also from the Border House: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and a strange, fantasy-destroying case of slut-shaming that seems like a real missed opportunity for the game.
  • Comic Book Resources tears into the cover of the new Teen Titans #1, teaching us all a lesson in art and anatomy.
  • BOOM! Studios has just recently released the first issue of Lumberjanes! It sounds amazing (Buffy meets Gravity Falls!), is written by Noelle Stevenson (whom I love), and Autostraddle has a great interview with co-creators Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters! There’s also preview art!
  • Some idiot asked about “chicks in science” at a Center for Inquiry panel discussion, and Neil deGrasse Tyson used it as a jumping off point to talk about his experiences with racism, both as a child wanting to grow up to be a scientist, and in the scientific community itself. It is a mic drop if ever I heard one.
  • Genderswapped Disney characters seem to be A Thing nowadays, but these paintings by Sakimichan are really something else. [Moviepilot]
  • Earlier today, the internet blew up with the news that researchers had found a species of insect that had a supposed “female penis.” It pretty quickly became apparent that the female organ—the gynosome—was nothing like a penis (it is, in fact, a bit like the sea horse’s ovipositor, and I am shocked that not everyone knows as much about sea horse reproduction as I do). Anyway, io9’s Annalee Newitz has a great piece about how this sort of sensationalist journalism is not only misleading, it’s bad for science.

Top image: Lumberjanes #1 cover.


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