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Weekend Reading List: Frank N. Furter lipstick and libraries of the future

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  • In the wake of #GamerGate, dozens (hundreds?) of people involved in the gaming industry have signed an open letter to the gaming community, embracing diversity and asking for members to put a stop to discrimination when they see it. [Medium]
  • MAC is launching a Rocky Horror-themed makeup collection, if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. (It is absolutely the sort of thing I’m into.) [Bustle]
  • Jezebel visited BronyCon, and discussed a few interesting things other conventions might want to pay attention to, particularly the diversity of attendees and dealing with their different comfort levels.
  • A woman allegedly got fired from her comic store job for complaining about a storage room called the “rape room.” I can’t even with this bullshit. Stop. [Bleeding Cool]
  •  Jenny Trout, also known as paranormal romance writer Jennifer Armintrout, recapped the first one and a half seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on her blog, paying particular attention to some reoccurring problems, including “Xander is a textbook Nice Guy” and “Sex is the real villain of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer universe.” She brings all the wit I remember from her epic takedown of 50 Shades of Grey.
  • The Mary Sue has an intense piece on why it can sometimes take until adulthood to fully embrace nerdy interests (hint: it is sexism). It’s a topic I will definitely be revisiting myself, and it’s worth a look.
  • Researchers at Ohio State University used Second Life to see if less racial diversity in MMOs correlates to players choosing whiter-looking avatars for themselves. Unsurprisingly, it does. [The Mary Sue]
  • Margaret Atwood’s just been named the first contributor to the Future Library project, so we won’t be able to read what she’s working on until our consciousnesses have been uploaded into mechanical bodies, living on forever. [The Guardian]
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What Would Dark Willow Do, Part 2

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Weekend Reading List: Ghibli girls and warrior women

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Weekend Reading List: Inadequate representation and imperfect armour

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  • The Mary Sue has a two part interview with Dark Horse Comics’ Scott Allie. In part one they discuss Buffy, Tomb Raider, and keeping fans happy, and part two takes on women in comics more specifically, Hellboy, Veil, and more!
  • Also from the Mary Sue, the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film released a report on gender representation in 2013, and the results are pretty dismal. Among many disheartening statistics is the fact that only thirty per cent of speaking roles last year went to women. Oh and only three percent of women on screen are Asian. Also at three per cent? Female aliens and other fantasy races.
  • Ever looked at female armour and seen exactly the same things done wrong again and again? What you need is Female Armour Bingo! [Bikini Armor Battle Damage]
  • Geekosystem has a followup to the Toronto Comic Con “cuddle a cosplayer” debacle. It’s weird.
  • Jezebel has a really beautiful piece about the endemic levels of rape, and how deeply infuriating it is that personal safety is a daily concern for women.
  •  The creators of Desktop Dungeons made a conscious decision to include more and better-portrayed women in their game, but found themselves falling back on the sexist tropes with which they were familiar. The Atlantic chronicles their efforts, missteps, and what they learned.
  • If you happen to speak French, here’s a great interview with illustrator Élise Gravel. [Camp Ouareau]
  • I stumbled across this perfect response to your typical “why don’t men/white people/straight people have their special clubs/scholarships/history months” whining, and had to share.
  • Last night I got to see the new Veronica Mars movie, and it was stupendous. Go see it! And in the meantime, here’s the trailer.
  • Everybody loves Tove Jansson these days, and for good reason! BBC News talks about the Moomins, and the influence WWII and Jansson’s relationship with Vivicka Bandler had on the adorable trolls/hippos we all know and care for.
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Weekend Reading List: Cat burglars and consenting cuddles

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WWDWD: What Would Dark Willow Do?

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Weekend Reading List: FemLove and fitting in

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Weekend Reading List: Safe sex and Susan the Gentle

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Weekend Reading List: Sylvan elves and sisterly love

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BAMFiles: Tara Maclay

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It was really hard to pick someone for the second BAMFile, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer seemed like an excellent place to choose from. There are, of course, a lot of great characters on that show (and many will likely be included in this series), but I thought I’d use this opportunity to spotlight someone who never really got enough credit: Tara Maclay.

Tara was an amazing, though underrated, character. She was good, honest, and intensely in love with Willow (so much so that we unfortunately never really got a fully fleshed-out Tara-centric storyline). Though I mostly love Tara and Willow as a unit (#tallow4ever), and I am obsessed with the very 90s witchcraft-as-a-metaphor-for-lesbianism thing that they were a part of, Tara stood out individually. She somehow managed to deal with adversity, in the form of extreme shyness and a manipulative, abusive family, while never doubting herself, her sexuality, or her magical abilities, and was instrumental in starting Willow down the path of witchcraft (for better or for worse).

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Tara is the group’s conscience, and there’s a reason that when Buffy has prophetic dreams, they manifest as a warning from Tara. Tara’s also the only one who truly notices how badly Buffy is readjusting to the world after her second death. She’s so incorruptible that, in season seven, when The First Evil was taking the shape of the gang’s dead loved ones, actress Amber Benson wouldn’t reprise her role. She’s the only member of the group who never flirted with evil, and she showed that strength could be a quiet, compassionate thing, in a nice contrast to Buffy’s beat-em-up style.

Of course, it wouldn’t be possible to talk about Tara without mentioning her importance as one half of the first lead lesbian couple on television. Though she and Willow didn’t kiss until the show’s fifth season (and were only shown in sexual situations after the show had switched networks), the effect of having two well-adjusted women in love with each other was unmistakably positive. In Benson’s own words:

“I thought I was on some science fiction show. I had no clue I was going to have some sort of impact on a whole group of people… Alyson and I would get letters, and you don’t realize the impact you’re making until you really start thinking about it. When kids come up and say, ‘I didn’t kill myself because of Buffy and your relationship,’ it blows your mind. It wasn’t about two women making out. It was about two women who fell in love with each other and happened, just happened, to have the same genitalia.”

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Say it with me now: “Awwwwwwwwww.”

Basically, this whole post is one big excuse for listening to this on repeat:

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