Weekend Reading List: Baby, it’s been a while
Tagged Anita Sarkeesian, Ariel Henley, Be Steadwell, Broadly, Brujos, Bustle, Buzzfeed, Emily L. Stephens, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Funny or Die, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Liz Mputu, MHYSA, Okay Africa, Polygon, Pop Culture Detective, RAFiA, Refinery29, Steven Universe, Teen Vogue, The AV Club, The Babadook, the Establishment, The Handmaid's Tale, The Root, Topical Cream, Twin Peaks, Vox, Wonder Woman
- Emily L. Stephens has been writing excellent recaps of Twin Peaks: The Return. [The AV Club]
- Pop Culture Detective put out some great videos on the alternative masculinity of Fantastic Beasts‘s Newt Scamander, as well as my personal sparkle muffin Steven Universe.
- You will probably enjoy Be Steadwell’s music video for her song “Sage (Witch Two)“.
- Also entertaining: Funny or Die’s Handmaid’s Tale for men.
- Did you wonder how, exactly, the Babadook became an unexpected queer icon? Vox has got you covered.
- “As a trans woman, I’ve seen nerd culture’s misogyny from both sides.” [The Establishment]
- A bunch of Harry Potter fans on Tumblr read Severus Snape as trans, an analysis that ends up being pretty convincing. [Broadly]
- Anita Sarkeesian is done with your bullshit, and I’ll just be over here, a one-woman cheerleading unit. [Polygon]
- A lot (no, really, a lot) of people loved Wonder Woman (and for good reason!), but Ariel Henley over at Bustle is disappointed in the film’s conflation of disfigurement and morality. Teen Vogue agrees, looking more broadly at the legacy of disfigured villains.
- Okayafrica has a great introduction to afrofuturism, if you’d like a refresher.
- “Sex with demons was totally chill until the church ruined it.” [Broadly]
- Refinery29 explores how to cast a love spell without being a creep.
- Art site Topical Cream has a great piece on MHYSA, RAFiA, and Liz Mputu, three artists tackling science fiction, blackness, and radical softness.
- “The black person’s guide to Game of Thrones.” [The Root]
- Brujos is your new dark, queer, latinx, magic webseries.
- And finally, Buzzfeed explores how witchcraft became a brand.