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Weekend Reading List: And we’re back!

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Top image: “Lady Murasaki,” by Celine Loup.

 

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Weekend Reading List: Jessica Jones, Jessica Rabbit, and some other stuff

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Hey kids, it’s been a while so there’s lots of good reading here for you:

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Weekend Reading List: Feminists, fighters, and failures

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  • First up, the Mary Sue on why asking “is this feminist” is rather beside the point.
  • Black Widow was never supposed to resemble Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They both have vastly different origins and motivations, but the Avenger’s recent Age of Ultron story arc, in which she wants to run away and “be monsters” with the Hulk, both needlessly conflates two of Joss Whedon’s best known female heroes and betrays Romanoff’s character development thus far. [The Mary Sue]
  • Which is nerdier: Star Wars or Star Trek? [CollegeHumor]
  • And now it’s all Furiosa all the time! Here’s a beautiful essay on Mad Max, women fighters, and compulsory femininity that also touches on archaeology, Kate Beaton, The Faerie Queene, and Tamora Pierce. So the good stuff. [Hazlitt]
  • The accompanying comic, Furiosa #1, was highly anticipated, but unfortunately fell very short of the mark. It’s wildly offensive, graphically depicts rape, and undoes everything that made the movie revolutionary for its genre, as this Shakesville article clearly and thoroughly shows.
  • And then comic co-creator Mark Sexton responded to this criticism… poorly, saying that if the Wives (who are, let’s remember, kept in captivity as broodmares) hadn’t been assaulted in the pages of the comic, they would have seemed like spoiled children who didn’t know how good their lives were. I’m not really able to respond coherently. [The Mary Sue]
  • It’s important to aim for greater racial diversity in films (and especially important not to dismiss those who advocate for it) and we shouldn’t forget about the three actresses of colour present Mad Max, and how their roles interact with the history of colonialism in the Pacific region. [Jeanne the Fangirl]

 

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Monthly Reading List III

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Top image by alphatrashking.tumblr.com.

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Monthly Reading List: The Sequel

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Weekend Reading List: I will never stop talking about witches

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  • HERMIONE GRANGER AND THE GODDAMNED PATRIARCHY. [Buzzfeed]
  • I watched the first episode of a web show called Peacekeepers, about a mysterious entity who hires people to stop deaths, sending them where they need to go via text, and it’s pretty intriguing. Give it look.
  • There a new documentary out called She Makes Comics, and it’s all about the history of women in the comics industry, and what we can expect going forward. Bitch has all the info you need.
  • Okay so the tendency of female fans to fetishize slash pairings (the non-canon relationships between two male characters) is something I’ve thought a lot about (and even touched on briefly before), and the Mary Sue has a good starting off point that I hope leads to greater discussion.
  • Anthony Stewart Head (Giles from Buffy for those not in the know) heard that Jay, a huge fan of his, was trans and bummed about only having mis-gendered pictures and autographs, so he invited him to come hang out with him on his farm for the day. Jay blogged about the whole thing on Tumblr, and it’s great.
  • Okay so I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t had time to read this for myself, but Autostraddle wrote about a new webcomic called Witchy and it looks so cool!
  • Here’s an essay on the importance of Star Trek: Voyager to a young, nerdy girl, and it really lays out why I still love the series, despite the fact that there have been much better Star Trek shows. [io9]
  • This last one’s a little hard to describe, but just go with me on this one and click through. You think you’re getting a regular old game review, but it’s the insane, sweeping, hilarious introduction that functions as a great takedown of extreme “ethics in games journalism” that you’ll want to read. [Network N]

Image by Alice Jamieson.

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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: Black heroes and blood sports

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