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Weekend Reading List: Atwood, Buffy, Carrie, Disney

Hey kids, it’s been a while! Lots to catch up on:

 

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Weekend Reading List: Dystopian warriors and exotic others

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Weekend Reading List: Here’s to 2017

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a Weekend Reading List for you, but never fear: here’s a selection of stuff to keep you busy as you gear up for the new year:

Image from “Brujas” music video, Princess Nokia

 

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Weekend Reading List: Ordinary women and overblown wingnuts

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Monthly Reading List: The Sequel

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Weekend Reading List: stormtroopers and double standards

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  • JK Rowling will be writing a thing about Draco December 12th! Ah! [The Guardian]
  • In light of the internet collectively losing its mind over the new Star Wars trailer, Al Jazeera tackles the disturbing racist stereotypes present in the franchise thus far.
  • Some (racist) people are also not happy about the new movie’s inclusion of John Boyega. Because of course they’re not. His reply is pretty great, though. [The Dissolve]
  • Best dressed villains! [Tor]
  • I don’t think it’s possible to read the Redwall series and not salivate over those feast scenes—The nut-studded cheeses! The roasted fish! The elderberry everthings!—and the Toast has got you covered with your very own Redwall diet.
  • Also from the Toast, memories of mermaids and a genderqueer childhood.
  • Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency channel just released a new video: “25 invisible benefits of gaming while male,” based on an older Polygon article.
  • You should know about the webcomic Robot Hugs, but also you should see this great “gender rolls” comic. (It’s a joke, but I just played a one-shot game using it to generate characters, and it was really fun).
  • A Bitch contributor read 50 books by people of colour this year, and has, as a result, some great recommendations. Of particular interest are the science fiction/fantasy titles.
  • Hey remember when DC wouldn’t let Batwoman get married? They’re apparently fine with her getting raped instead, and both the Mary Sue and Autostraddle weigh in.
  • GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a documentary that will be coming out in the new year, but for now here’s a sneak peak about harassment in the game industry.

Top image by Grace Kraft.

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Weekend Reading List: Ghosts, ghouls, and gamergaters

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And I really wish I didn’t have to, but here’s this week’s #gamergate update:

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Weekend Reading List: Cartooning advice, Cho Chang, and The Craft

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  • Looks like more Twin Peaks episodes are definitely in the cards! I’m very excited, Diane! [Deadline]
  • Vulture has some extra speculation about the setting, returning characters, and what new additions there might be to the show.
  • The Mary Sue takes a look at Buffy’s relationship with Riley (God I hate Riley) and the emotional abuse he put her through in the wake of the big conversation we’ve been having about domestic abuse and #whyIstayed.
  • Another Femslash Friday! This time it’s The Craft. Wait, you haven’t seen The Craft? Go see The Craft immediately. [The Toast]
  • Okay so in addition to being part of a weekly horror movie screening club, I’ve recently started reading a book called House of Psychotic Women (it’s excellent by the way, and worth checking out). On the one hand, it may explain my recent insomnia, but on the other, I’m now super obsessed with how women are portrayed in horror cinema. And since Autostraddle always seems to know exactly what I want to read, they’ve got a list of (mostly queer) lady monsters in film.
  • The always great MariNaomi wanted to come up with tips on writing people of colour (when you are a person of another colour), and asked a bunch of cartoonists (including Elisha Lim!) for their help. [Midnight Breakfast]
  • ALL-FEMALE GHOSTBUSTERS REBOOT WHAT. [Mashable]
  • #Gamergate continues to rage on, and I continue to lose what little hope I have for us as a species. Game developer Brianna Wu had the temerity to poke fun at the toxic wastes of space known collectively as Gamergaters, and was summarily doxxed, threatened with rape and murder, and driven out of her home. There is no excuse. [We Hunted the Mammoth]
  • While on the topic, Anita Sarkeesian spoke at XOXO Festival in detail about the campaign of harassment against her. You should definitely watch the whole thing, but the main takeaway? “One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they tell you about their experiences.”
  • Slam poem of the week: “To JK Rowling, From Cho Chang.” Do it, click it, learn it.

Top image (my new favourite thing of all time) by Abraham Perez

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Weekend Reading List: Potter porn and #GamerGate

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Weekend Reading List: Night witches and world-changing kisses

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And the almost requisite video game content!

  • Lesbian kisses change the world, you guys! The New Yorker has the story of how an unplanned lady kiss got The Sims made, and it’s such a fun idea that I’m not even going to let “I guess straight guys that make sports games loved the idea of controlling two lesbians” ruin my mood.
  • Final Fantasy XIV will also be allowing same-sex relationships in the game. [Kotaku]
  • There’s a new Feminist Frequency video out! This time the incomparable Anita Sarkeesian takes on “Women as Background Decoration” in her “Tropes vs. Women in Games” series.
  • There’s a Bea Arthur game. THERE’S A BEA ARTHUR GAME. (And no, my excitement doesn’t stem from the fact that I just watched the Golden Girls series finale and sobbed like a little child. Don’t be absurd.) [NewNowNext]
  • In a super disappointing, eyestrain-causing (due to the overzealous rolling of said eyes) move, Ubisoft won’t be including any female protagonists in Assassin’s Creed Unity because “women are too difficult to animate.” Autostraddle has info about the initial shitshow, GameSpot talks about a former Ubisoft developer who’s poking major holes in the company’s excuse that adding playable women would have added a significant amount of work, The Escapist explores the game’s French Revolution setting and why, historically-speaking, women should actually be included, and #WomenAreTooHardToAnimate over on Twitter is great.
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